A Parisian cabbie who was in custody after allegedly stabbing a Manchester United fan in the chest after the shocking victory of their team over Paris Saint-Germain last week has been charged with attempted murder on Sunday.
The victim, 44 years old Michael Jackson from Bolton needed emergency surgery after being stabbed. Days after the incident, he posted a message on Facebook saying that he is slowing recovering in a Pairs hospital after a traumatic four days. He also thanked Manchester United fans and his friends and family for their constant support and well wishes.
A French news agency said that the suspect had been charged with the attempted homicide on Saturday. The agency also revealed that the suspect is now in judicial custody.
Mr Jackson was travelling in a taxi with a group of friends to central Paris after watching the dramatic Champions League match between Manchester United and PSG on Wednesday evening when the driver got furious over their boisterous celebrations.
The driver stopped the car and asked all of them to leave, and then he allegedly pulled out a knife to threaten a woman from the group. The victim tried to intervene to save the woman; the driver turned the knife and stabbed him in the chest. Mr Jackson was left lying on the pavement when one of his groupmates managed to flag down a car and took him to the hospital.
Manchester United said in a statement, “We are shocked after hearing the incident news with our fan, and we wish him a speedy and healthy recovery.”