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Hooded attackers stabbed a Paris Saint-Germain supporter before the French club’s Champions League match at AC Milan, Italian police said on Tuesday. The unnamed Frenchman was “seriously wounded by two stab wounds to the leg” in Milan on Monday night and taken to hospital, police said in a statement. Corriere della Sera newspaper said the man was 34 years old and that his life was not in danger. Witnesses told police the clash happened between around 50 Milan fans and French fans who were in the Navigli area of the northern Italian city.
Video footage on social media shared by Italian news sites shows a group of men on a canal side known for its cafes, bars and nightlife.
As flares are set off, they suddenly turn and run from another group of men, some of whom are wearing hoods and carrying what look like batons.
The attack comes less than two months after a Newcastle United supporter was stabbed in the same area of the city ahead of a Champions League game against Milan.
Seven-time European champions Milan host PSG on Tuesday, who currently lead Group F by two points and will be favorites after hammering the Italians 3-0 at the Parc des Princes a fortnight ago.
An already warm atmosphere at the San Siro will be further ignited by the return of Italy’s goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarummawho left Milan for PSG as a free agent in the summer of 2021.
Tuesday’s game could have a huge impact on both sides’ prospects of reaching the knockout stages of the Champions League, as only four points separate the four teams in the group.
Milan are bottom of the group on two points after failing to score a single goal in their opening three games.
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