Tottenham fan assaulted after FA Cup semifinal, Police appeal for witnesses
Police are appealing for witnesses after a Tottenham Hotspur supporter was viciously attacked having potentially been mistaken for a Chelsea fan after last Saturday's FA Cup semifinal.
Michael Voller, 23, was left with serious injuries including a broken cheekbone, eye-socket and skull after Tottenham's 4-2 loss to Chelsea at Wembley Stadium.
Mr. Voller was rushed to hospital after the attack, which happened at approximately 7:30 p.m. BST on Engineer's Way near the ground, and, although he has been discharged, doctors believe he could be left with permanent damage to his eyesight after being punched repeatedly in the face.
Metropolitan Police appealed for witnesses in a statement on their official website and also on social media, which Tottenham retweeted.
The statement said Mr. Voller, a Spurs fan who has previously worked as a gardener at the club's Enfield training base, was possibly mistaken for a rival supporter after Tottenham's loss at the national stadium and the suspect is described as a white man, in his early 20s and approximately 5-foot-10. He was wearing a black hooded top or jacket.
Detective Constable James Robb, of Brent CID, the investigating officer, said: "This was a violent and unprovoked assault that has left a young man with some terrible injuries that could end up affecting him for the rest of his life.
"This kind of violence has absolutely no place at a football match, and I sincerely hope that those who were with the person responsible do the right thing by Michael, who is a fellow supporter and has supported Tottenham since he was a young boy.
"I'd appeal to all Spurs fans to think hard about whether they have any information about the person who did this. I've no doubt that there will be several people who know who did this and I would appeal to anyone with information to get in touch with us or to contact Crimestoppers anonymously."
Dan is ESPN FC's Tottenham correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @Dan_KP.