Newcastle United working with authorities after fan allegedly ‘seriously assaulted’ in Milan

Newcastle United are working with Italian authorities after a fan was allegedly “seriously assaulted” before the Champions League match against AC Milan.

Reports in Italy suggest a fan was attacked before Tuesday’s match with photos circulating on social media of a man being treated by medics.

Other reports suggest the fan was stabbed in the back and arms by a group of attackers before being taken to a local hospital.

The club is 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 in contact with the local authorities to understand the circumstances.

“Our thoughts are with the supporter and his family and we hope for a full and speedy recovery.”

The match against Milan is Newcastle’s first in the Champions League for over 20 years with a large contingent of supporters traveling to Italy for the match.

Newcastle had advised their supporters to avoid certain areas around the San Siro ahead of Tuesday night’s game, with local authorities also confirming there is a strict ban on drinking alcohol on the streets.

Traveling supporters have also been told to be “vigilant” and “take reasonable precautions” in the city where street crime and pickpocketing are widespread.

The match kicks off at 6:45 p.m. local time, with the club asking fans to arrive no later than an hour before.

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