A Paris taxi driver who allegedly stabbed a Manchester United fan in the chest after the club’s victory over Paris Saint-Germain last week has been charged with attempted murder, a judicial source said on Sunday.
Mike Jackson, 44, from Bolton, said in a Facebook post that he is slowly recovering after a “traumatic four days”.
He was travelling in a taxi with friends to central Paris after watching his team’s dramatic Champions League victory over PSG on Wednesday evening when the driver reportedly took offence at their boisterous celebrations.
After they started singing loudly, the driver stopped the car and ordered the four passengers to get out. He then allegedly pulled out a knife, threatening the woman in the group and stabbing Mr Jackson in the chest when he stepped in to try to protect her.
He was left lying on the pavement fighting for his life. His friends managed to flag down a passing car to rush him to hospital.
He required emergency surgery to remove blood on his lung at the Georges Pompidou European Hospital in Paris. On Saturday, Mr Jackson put up a statement on Facebook:
"From going from [a] jubilant evening watching Manchester United pulling off the unthinkable result against PSG to one hour or so later to be fighting for my life these have been a traumatic four days.
"I'm slowly recovering in a hospital in Paris. Your support, well wishes have been truly amazing, each and every message means more than you could ever imagine. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.” Manchester United sent their support to the fan.
“We were shocked to hear about the incident with one of our fans who was stabbed while in Paris for the Champions League game,” United said in a statement. “Everyone at the club wishes him well during his recovery”.