A Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) fan was stabbed by hooded attackers prior to the French team’s Champions League match against AC Milan, according to Italian police.

According to a police statement, the unidentified French guy was hospitalized after sustaining “serious injuries from two stab wounds in the leg” in Milan on Monday night.

The fight broke out in the Navigli neighborhood of the city in northern Italy, involving about fifty Milan supporters and French supporters.


Social media videos circulated by Italian news agencies depict a confrontation between hooded persons brandishing what appear to be batons and flares on a canal-side area popular for its nightlife and cafes.

This attack comes after a comparable event that happened in the same vicinity less than two months ago, prior to a Newcastle United game versus Milan in the Champions League.

Tuesday saw Milan, the seven-time winners of Europe, host PSG. After defeating Milan 3-0 at the Parc des Princes two weeks prior, PSG was the clear favorite and held a two-point lead in Group F.

The return of Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, who left Milan for PSG as a free agent in the summer of 2021, heightened the already intense atmosphere at the San Siro.

The four teams in the group are separated by just four points, thus the outcome of Tuesday’s game might have a substantial impact on both sides’ prospects of making it to the Champions League knockout stages. Milan had only two points and had not scored a goal in their opening three games, placing them at the bottom of the group.