Liverpool FC fans stabbed after goading Everton rivals
Liverpool FC fans stabbed after goading Everton rivals over Wembley defeat
Jun 4 2009 by Alan Weston, Liverpool Echo
TWO Liverpool fans were stabbed in the street after goading Everton supporters following their FA Cup final defeat.
Jason Mayers, 21, and his 27-year-old friend, who asked not to be named, were attacked on Saturday evening, hours after the Blues had lost to Chelsea at Wembley.
Doctors at the Royal hospital were forced to rush Mr Mayers’ friend into emergency surgery to remove his spleen.
And he says he was told a knife wound to his chest was an inch away from being fatal.
The attack took place around 7pm on Saturday. The victims were among four people – including a four-year-old girl with cerebral palsy – who pulled up in a car at traffic lights outside Tesco, on Allerton Road, heading towards Liverpool city centre.
Seeing Everton flags in the back window of the car in front, Mr Mayers admits there was a beeping of the horn before he put his fingers up to signal the 2-1 scoreline.
He says two men then got out of the other car, stormed over and attacked them.
Mr Mayers, of Mossley Hill, said: “We were just having a laugh and a bit of banter over the FA Cup result.
“All of a sudden these two blokes jumped out of the car in the front, shouting ‘What were you saying?’
“My cousin who was driving shouted to them that we were only talking about the football.
“One of them stabbed my mate, who was out of the car by this time, while the other smashed the window next to where I was sitting and tried to stab me with the screwdriver. Then the car sped off.
“It all happened in broad daylight and there must have been about 40 cars there.
“As soon as these men got out of the car, I knew something bad was going to happen.
“They had this look in their eye. Even the paramedics and police couldn’t believe what had happened.”
His friend was kept in hospital following the operation but was expected to return home today.
The attackers were dark-skinned and aged between 25 and 30. They were in a small silver or white car.
A Merseyside police spokeswoman said: “We believe there were a lot of witnesses who stopped to watch this incident and hope they will come forward to help us piece together what happened.
“There was the beeping of horns before words were exchanged and a big fight in the road. We are aware a window was smashed and one man was stabbed with a knife while we have reports of a screwdriver also being brandished.”