Football news LIVE: Pablo Mari speaks for first time since Milan stabbing, Prince William will NOT attend World Cup


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Arsenal star Pablo Mari has been rushed to hospital after being stabbed in a Milan supermarket.

The 29-year-old centre-back, currently on loan at Monza in Serie A, was one of five people to be attacked around 6.30pm local time on Thursday.

Mari was among those taken to hospital by helicopter, and one of them is now believed to have died.

La Gazzetta dello Sport first claimed the Spaniard – who was out shopping with his wife and son – was in “serious condition” along with two other victims.

The Italian outlet also reported that a 30-year-old staff member at the store died of cardiac arrest after being stabbed in the chest and abdomen.

About two hours after the horror scenes in Milan, Monza CEO Adriano Galliani confirmed that Mari would make a full recovery.

Meanwhile, Prince William will not travel to watch England play the World Cup next month amid a growing row over Qatar’s human rights record.

The FA chairman, 40, was due to attend matches in the Middle East in November.

Sources close to the future king have questioned a busy schedule during the World Cup, with England’s first game on November 21 against Iran.

The hosts have been dogged by protests over poor conditions for stadium workers and the criminalization of same-sex relationships.

Friends say a trip to the final if Gareth Southgate’s side get there on December 18 is unlikely and would likely only be part of a government delegation.


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