A Newcastle season ticket holder was stabbed the night before the Magpies’ Champions League group stage clash with AC Milan on Tuesday, and he believes he knows why.

Eddie McKay was rushed to hospital early Tuesday morning before Newcastle’s Champions League match against AC Milan at the San Siro after being stabbed three times by a band of attackers. Eddie, one of hundreds of Toon fans who traveled to Italy, was walking back to his flat with his kid and a friend when they were accosted in an alleyway.

The retired grandfather, who escaped with his life, bore the brunt of the heinous brutality, and he believes he understands why. “I think I was attacked more because I was wearing a black and white shirt,” Eddie explained to Chronicle Live.
“We were drinking at the Naviglio canal, where everyone was,” he said. “We were just returning to the flat. We were taking a shortcut because we had been going back and forth all day and knew the way.

Eddie lying on the road after the attack
“They must have been waiting for someone… I was knocked on the head and fell over, and I have no recollection of what happened. “I’m just relieved that my son and my friend are safe.”
Eddie was transported to the hospital after suffering knife cuts to his back, legs, and arms. Fortunately, his injuries were not life-threatening, and he returned to Newcastle on Tuesday evening, missing the club’s long-awaited return to Europe’s top club championship.

Paramedics treating Eddie at the scene

He didn’t miss much, though, as Eddie Howe’s club only managed a 0-0 tie on the night. Nonetheless, Eddie expressed his disappointment at being unable to attend the game.

“I was absolutely gutted that I never saw the game,” he remarked. “My daughter flew across, and my son and his friend decided they didn’t want to go to the game.”

Despite his ordeal, Eddie claimed he was not going to quit following Newcastle around the world anytime soon. “It hasn’t stopped me from going to games abroad,” he remarked. I’ll remain in Dortmund and at PSG.”

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