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Witness hunt after stabbing

PUBLISHED: 18:54 02 September 2009 | UPDATED: 17:05 25 August 2010

A FATHER stabbed in the chest whilst attending a derby football match with his two sons was released from hospital at the weekend. The 43-year-old Millwall fan, from Eltham, who has not been named, was stabbed once, before the West Ham v Millwall Carling

A FATHER stabbed in the chest whilst attending a derby football match with his two sons was released from hospital at the weekend.

The 43-year-old Millwall fan, from Eltham, who has not been named, was stabbed once, before the West Ham v Millwall Carling Cup match last Tuesday at approximately 8pm.

He left hospital on Saturday after being knifed as he attended the match with 10 members of his family including his two sons aged 17 and 18.

Investigating officer DI Lee Barnard of Newham Violent Crime Unit, said: "This incident was not a pre-arranged act of violence between two sets of rival supporters; this was an innocent family ma n who was subjected to a senseless attack by people intent on causing violence.

"Although the family were not wearing any clothing that would identify them as Millwall supporters, their direction of travel may have indicated that they were.

"The victim was subjected to a brutal and sustained attack as he and his family tried to flee to safety. If not for the swift intervention of paramedics, the man would have lost his life."

The family went to the wrong entrance of the Boleyn Ground and were making their way to the correct entrance when they were approached by a large group of West Ham supporters who pursued them along Tudor Road.

A group punched and kicked the father and his sons after they got separated from the rest of their family. He was then separated from his sons when he was stabbed and his attackers fled in different directions.

He managed to make it through the alleyway at the end of Tudor Road and collapsed by the Priory Road bus garage before his sons found him and rang for an ambulance. Call the police on 020 7275 5851, or 0800 555 111.

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