Newcastle United are working with authorities in Italy after a fan was allegedly “seriously assaulted” ahead of the Champions League game with AC Milan.
Reports in Italy suggested a supporter was attacked ahead of Tuesday’s game with pictures circulating on social media of a man being treated by medics.
Further reports suggest the fan was stabbed in the back and arms by a group of assailants before he was taken to a local hospital.
The club are now working to establish the exact circumstances of the incident.
A club spokesperson said on Tuesday: “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 game with Milan is Newcastle’s first in the Champions League for more than 20 years with a healthy contingent of fans making the trip to Italy for the game.
Newcastle had advised supporters to avoid certain areas around the San Siro ahead of Tuesday night’s match with local authorities also confirming there is a strict ban on drinking alcohol on the streets.
Travelling supporters were also told to be “vigilant” and to “take sensible precautions” in the city with street crime and pickpocketing prevalent.
The game kicks off at 6.45pm local time with fans being told by the club to arrive no later than one hour before.
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