Spanish footballer Pablo Mari is recovering in hospital after being stabbed in an attack in Milan which claimed the life of one person. A 46-year-old man said to be suffering from mental health problems was arrested after the incident.
Mari, who is a defender at English Premier League team Arsenal but is currently on loan at Monza in the Italian Serie A, was among six people who were attacked at a shopping center in the Assago area of Milan on Thursday evening.
A male supermarket worker was killed in the stabbing spree, according to Sky Italy. Two other people are said to be in serious condition, although the 29-year-old Mari is not among them.
Mari’s parent club Arsenal released a statement saying it was “shocked to hear the dreadful news about the stabbing in Italy.”
“We have been in contact with Pablo’s agent who has told us he’s in hospital and is not seriously hurt,” the statement added.
Mari’s wife Veronica and four-year-old son are said to have been with him at the time of the incident but were not harmed.
According to the chief executive of Monza, where Mari is spending this season on loan, Mari was “saved” because of his 6ft 4in height, but was still punched in the face before being stabbed in the back.