Mentally disabled man slashed with a knife while trying to make peace among feuding football fans

Knife illustration 
By: Wayne Morin 

A man was arrested on charges of assault after allegedly slashing a mentally disabled man because he tried to make peace among football fans, police in the United Kingdom said.

The 20-year-old man of Carlisle, had traveled with his dad and other fans to watch his team play Bury FC at Gigg Lane on Saturday.

Their coach arrived at about 12:00 p.m., so the supporters, including the victim, went to the Staff of Life pub for a drink.

A short time later, some of the fans who had left to get take out food returned to the pub, and one of them had a cut under his eye.

He explained that he had been attacked with a beer bottle when confronted by some Bury FC fans.

The 20-year-old man, whose natural instinct is to seek a peaceful solution, offered to go and meet with the Bury fans to calm the situation down so they could all enjoy the match.

He left the pub with a few other Carlisle fans and headed to the Conservative Club on Back Brierley Street, off Parkhills Road.

As he made his way to the bowling and garden area of the club, he saw the offender and raised his hands in a defensive manner, saying “I don’t want any trouble.”

The victim even put his hand out in a gesture to shake hands, but this merely prompted the offender to rush forward and slash the victim across his hand with a knife.

The young man collapsed due to the pain, and as he was on the floor, the offender continued his savage assault, kicking him repeatedly.

Eventually the young man managed to get back on his feet and ran off. Police officers arrived at the scene and a 56-year-old man from the Bury area was arrested on suspicion of assault.