Manchester United Fan Stabbing

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A cheer squad member waves the Machester United flag in 2017.

The Champions League match March 6, 2019, between Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain, ended with a VAR called penalty kick that advanced Manchester United to the quarterfinals.

“PSG superstar Neymar called the Video Assistant Referee-confirmed penalty kick during his team’s loss to Manchester United on Wednesday a disgrace,” reports CBS Sports.

While ManUtd fans rejoiced around the globe, violence in Paris lead to the stabbing of a 44-year-old ManUtd fan. The altercation took place in a taxi and involved three other fans. The taxi driver was offended by their singing. He pulled over and told the fans to exit the taxi. He then pulled a knife on the female fan. Reports indicate the man was stabbed in the chest while trying to protect the woman from the outbreak of violence.

“It is understood the man pulled over to get them out of his taxi, before pulling a knife on the female passenger within the group,” reports The Telegraph.

The suspect has been arrested. The weapon has not been found.

The fan is in Recovery

“The United fan was taken straight to the High Dependency Unit at the Hospital European Georges-Pompidou – and underwent on Thursday afternoon to remove blood on his lung,” reports SkySports.

The fan underwent surgery at Hôpital Européen Georges-Pompidou on March 7, 2019. Fans show their support. The surgery was successful and the fan is in recovery.

A club spokesperson said “We were shocked to hear about the incident with one of our fans who was stabbed while in Paris for the Champions League game. Everyone at the club wishes him well during his recovery,” reports The Guardian.

Linking Sports and Violence

Research has documented a link between major sports events and violence, reports The Conversation. Alcohol adds another component.

“At the same time, though, sporting events can provide a cover for abusive behaviors and patterns to manifest themselves,” reports Bustle.

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