Newcastle United have said they are “deeply concerned” after one of their fans was stabbed in Milan on Monday night. A 58-year-old was attacked by a group of men in the city centre before Newcastle’s Champions League match against Milan on Tuesday and is in hospital in a stable condition.
Pictures posted online showed a man with a bloodied torso lying on the ground. A Newcastle spokesperson said: “We are deeply concerned by reports that a supporter was seriously assaulted in Milan on Monday evening and we are liaising with local authorities to understand the circumstances. Our thoughts are with the supporter and their family and we hope for a full and speedy recovery.”
The fan was identified as Eddie McKay, who was with his son when attacked. A local police spokesperson said: “A 58-year-old Englishman, a Newcastle fan, was stabbed around midnight by a group of seven or eight people while he and a friend were between Via Segantini and Via Gola in Milan. He received a stab wound in the back and two in the arms.
“A police car intervened, and the man was taken to Policlinico hospital, where he is not in serious condition.”
McKay’s daughter Rachel McKay told Sky Sports News: “My dad is stable and in a bit of shock. He’s gutted he’s missing the match, but just wants every other Newcastle fan out here to be aware and be safe.
“He has just had two knee replacements, so he fell when he was being chased and that is when he was attacked. My brother is OK but is in shock after seeing that happen to our dad. I’m flying out there later. We haven’t slept all night.”