«I was lucky, I saw a person die in front of me»

The footballer of the Italian club Monza Pablo Marí (former player of the Nàstic de Tarragona, will be operated today Friday to reduce the muscle damage caused after being stabbed in the back this Thursday in a shopping center in Assago, on the outskirts of Milan (north of Italy).

Marí was urgently admitted to the Niguarda hospital in Milan, but he is out of danger, "lucid" and even joked that he would be in the field on Monday, as Monza CEO Adriano explained to the media on Thursday after visiting him. Galliani.

The player was injured after being attacked by a 46-year-old Italian with mental problems who stabbed four other people and one of them, an employee of the Carrrefour supermarket, died while being taken to hospital.

According to Galliani, the 29-year-old Valencian defender "suffered a fairly deep wound in his back" but "is not in danger because" he has not touched vital organs.

“I am told that he will recover fairly soon. He has some injured muscles, but he is conscious », added the CEO of Monza, a company owned by former president Silvio Berlusconi.

Berlusconi called several times to find out the player's state of health and to convey his closeness and affection at this time, Galliani added.

Galliani explained that the defender acknowledged that "he was lucky" because he saw a person die in front of him. This is Luis Fernando Ruggieri, Bolivian, 47 years old and worker of the commercial establishment.

The attack occurred around 6:30 p.m. (4:30 p.m. GMT) when a man grabbed a knife from the shelves of a Carrefour supermarket located inside the shopping center and began stabbing those present.

According to a first reconstruction, it is a person with mental problems who was undergoing treatment.

The Carrefour chain, to which the hypermarket belongs, expressed in a note "its maximum closeness to the employees and customers involved in the attack and their families" and confirmed that the police were immediately called and that the attacker was arrested.

According to the newspaper "Gazzetta dello Sport", the aggressor was arrested thanks to the intervention of former soccer player Massimo Tarantino, who played for Bologna, Inter and Naples, who managed to immobilize him until the arrival of the police.

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