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Newcastle United have said they are “deeply concerned” after one of their fans was stabbed in Milan on Monday night. A 58-year-old man was attacked by a group of men in the city center before Newcastle’s Champions League match against Milan on Tuesday and is in hospital in a stable condition.

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Images posted online showed a man with a bloody torso lying on the ground. A Newcastle spokesperson said: “We are deeply concerned by reports that a fan was seriously assaulted in Milan on Monday night and are in contact with local authorities to understand the circumstances. Our thoughts are with the fan and his family and we hope for a full and speedy recovery.”

The fan was identified as Eddie McKay, who was with his son when he was attacked. A local police spokesman 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 was stabbed once in the back and twice in the arms.

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“A police car intervened and the man was taken to the Polyclinic hospital, where he is not in serious condition.”

McKay’s daughter Rachel McKay told Sky Sports News: “My dad is stable and a bit in shock. He is gutted to miss the game, but he just wants all other Newcastle fans to be aware and stay safe.

“He just had two knee replacements so he fell when they were chasing him and that’s when he was attacked. My brother is fine, but he is in shock after seeing what happened to our dad. I’ll fly there later. “We haven’t slept all night.”

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