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Milan face Newcastle United at the San Siro on Tuesday evening. © ANSA / Mourad Balti Touati / Z13

Stabbing before CL blockbuster in Milan

A fan of the English football club Newcastle United was stabbed in Milan on Tuesday night.

On the evening before the Champions League duel between the Premier League club and AC Milan, the 58-year-old man was attacked by a group of seven to eight men and suffered one stab wound on the back and two on the arm, like several Italians Media reported unanimously.

The man was taken to hospital after the incident. His condition is stable, it said. According to media reports, the 58-year-old was traveling with a friend in Milan when the group attacked him. The incident happened around midnight in the popular nightlife district of Navigli in the northern Italian metropolis. The injured man's family wanted to come to him in Milan that evening, Sky Sport Italia reported.

The background to the crime is still unclear. A special Italian police unit has started investigating. It is not yet known whether there was an argument between the men before the incident and whether the act was possibly related to the Champions League game that evening. Newcastle United and AC Milan were scheduled to meet on matchday one of the group stage on Tuesday evening.

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