AN EVERTON fan was stabbed when he rushed to the rescue of a woman seen arguing with a man believed to be an away supporter
The fan, 20, was walking along Priory Road, Anfield, after the Blues and Queens Park Rangers match when he saw a scuffle and tried to intervene.
But the man – whom he described as a QPR supporter – plunged a blade into his chest.
The attack happened minutes after the end of the Blues’ 2-0 victory at Goodison.
The victim was rushed to hospital and given emergency treatment for a punctured lung.
Today, detectives urged the woman who was seen arguing with the man to come forward to help find the attacker. It is understood they were working on the basis the attacker was a QPR supporter.
At this stage, it is unclear whether the woman was with the knifeman or was local.
The supporter told friends via social media he “knows for a fact” his attacker was an away supporter and that he intervened because he couldn’t stand by and watch the man “put his hands on a female”.
He tweeted that he was “trying to stop him kicking off on a bird, before he “stabbed me”.
He added he had “just done what anyone else would have”. The supporter was being bombarded by twitter messages urging him a speedy recovery from his injuries. Friends who rushed to the hospital tweeted that they were taking him magazines, chocolates and biscuits.
He is now recovering at home but has been told by doctors he must rest up in bed for a week.
Merseyside Police Detective Sergeant Steve Reardon said they were keen for witnesses of the attack, which took place at the junction of Priory Road and Walton Lane, to come forward.
DS Reardon added: “This incident happened straight after the Everton vs QPR match and there were a lot of people in the area.
“I believe people would have witnessed this incident and I would urge them to come forward. I am also keen to speak to the woman who was seen arguing with the offender, prior to the assault.
“She may have vital information that could assist with our enquiries.”
Anyone with information should contact Merseyside Police 0151 777 4065 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.