3 Ajax fans stabbed ahead of AC Milan match

Three Ajax fans were taken to hospital after being stabbed in

the buildup to the Dutch club’s Champions League match at AC Milan

on Wednesday, Italian media reported.

ANSA news agency said that one fan is seriously injured after

being stabbed in the abdomen and was undergoing surgery, while

another was wounded in the buttocks after also being attacked by

Milan ultras. The third was stabbed in the thigh. All of them have

been taken to different hospitals in the city.

The three incidents occurred near Milan’s San Siro stadium,

where there was a heavy police presence ahead of a crucial match.

The fans were aged between 18 and 32.

Three more people were also injured, but not as seriously,

during further trouble near the stadium.

Earlier, a group of Ajax fans clashed with protesters, while

others threw bottles at shops and passers-by in various streets in

the center of Milan.

Milan needs a point to progress to the knockout stages, while

Ajax has to win.