Serie A club AC Monza defender Pablo Mari was stabbed to death in the Milanofiori di Assago shopping center south of Milan on Thursday.
A 46-year-old Italian man, who has already been arrested by the Carabinieri, is said to have taken a knife from the supermarket window and stabbed six people, including Mari. A cashier at the store has been confirmed dead. A helicopter and several ambulances were on site.
AC Monza said in an official statement: “His life is not in danger. He has a fairly deep cut on his back.”
The club also turned to its injured player via Twitter in the evening. “Dear Pablo, we are all here close to you and your family, we love you, keep fighting as you can, you are a warrior and you will get well soon,” Monza’s managing director Adriano Galliani was quoted there as saying.
The confirmed opposite TG2 RAI Furthermore: “Pablo Mari has a fairly deep cut on his back but fortunately it didn’t reach any vital organs like the lungs or anything else. He should recover quickly. He has some lesions but they are not very serious. He is conscious and is sewn.” Mari will be operated on Friday for the wounds on his back, his lip has already been stitched up.
Mari is currently on loan at Monza from Arsenal. The Italians have an option to buy him, which will become an obligation if the promoted player holds the class. Monza is owned by former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. Galliani is said to have visited the injured Mari in the hospital.