A Newcastle United fan is currently in stable condition in an Italian hospital after a disturbing incident in Milan on Monday night, according to Italian police reports.
The fan, who had travelled to Milan to support his team in their upcoming Champions League match against AC Milan, was reportedly stabbed twice in the arm and once in the back during a late-night altercation.
The incident unfolded in the vibrant nightlife district of Navigli, a popular destination for both locals and tourists, at around midnight.
The police arrived promptly at the scene following an emergency call.
According to Italian law enforcement, the victim was in the company of a friend when they encountered a group of approximately seven to eight individuals.
The nationalities of this group remain unknown, and investigators are working diligently to determine the motive behind the attack and identify those responsible.
Fortunately, the injured Newcastle fan is expected to be discharged from the hospital as early as Tuesday, offering a glimmer of relief amidst the distressing news.
The incident, while deeply concerning, appears to be an isolated event, as no other incidents involving Newcastle supporters have been reported in Milan thus far.
Newcastle United, deeply troubled by the reports of the attack on one of their loyal supporters, has swiftly taken action.
The club is actively cooperating with local authorities to ascertain the exact circumstances surrounding the incident.
In a statement, the club expressed their profound concern for the victim and their family and extended their heartfelt wishes for a full and speedy recovery.
Tuesday’s scheduled match at the iconic San Siro stadium will mark Newcastle’s return to the Champions League after an absence of two decades.
The team’s remarkable fourth-place finish in the Premier League last season earned them this coveted opportunity to compete against Europe’s elite.
Despite the unsettling incident, Newcastle fans remain hopeful that their team can achieve a memorable performance on the pitch, showcasing the resilience and unity that has long defined the spirit of the club.