Football star Pablo Mari injured in stabbing released from hospital


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MILAN — Footballer Pablo Mari was released from hospital on Sunday, three days after being injured in a stabbing attack in an Italian shopping mall.

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Five people were stabbed on Thursday, including Mari, and one died after a man grabbed a knife from a supermarket shelf. Police arrested a 46-year-old Italian suspected of the attack at a shopping center in Assago, on the outskirts of Milan.

Mari, 29, on loan to Serie A club Monza from Arsenal, avoided life-threatening injuries but had to undergo back surgery and also injured his mouth. He will be absent for two to three months.

Monza released a statement on Sunday saying the Spanish player had been released from hospital but would need “a period of absolute rest”.

The club also said players will warm up for Monday’s home game against Bologna wearing special shirts dedicated to Mari, with her name on the back and a message on the front saying ‘come back soon Pablo’.

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There will also be a minute’s silence before kick-off in memory of Luis Fernando Ruggieri, the supermarket worker who was killed in the attack.

The Italian league rejected Monza’s request to postpone the game.

“This week has been very special, very moving. When we discovered Pablo it was normal that it shocked everyone. We were very dejected, “said Monza coach Raffaele Palladino. “But when we discovered that Pablo was out of danger, we all breathed a sigh of relief.

“It was a horrible week but also beautiful because what happened to Pablo is a miracle, that it was not more serious. So we realized that it could have been much worse and we understood that it was our duty to play, to go on the pitch and to give everything, especially for Pablo.

Mari, a centre-back, has made eight of Monza’s 11 Italian league appearances this season and scored the second goal in a 2-0 win over Spezia this month. He spent the second half of last season on loan with fellow Italian club Udinese.

Monza, which belongs to former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, is playing its first season in the first division.


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