A Tottenham Hotspurs fan is in hospital after being brutally assaulted following his team’s FA Cup semi-final defeat to Chelsea.
Michael Voller was jumped on by fellow Spurs supporters on Saturday after they mistook him for a Chelsea fan.
He was punched heavily in the face and suffered a broken skull and damage to his cheek bone and eye socket. Doctors now fear that he could be left with permanent damage to his eyesight.
The attack occurred at around 7.30pm outside Moore Spice Indian Restaurant on Engineers Way. The MET Police have now released the images as they hope to track down the attacker, who is described as a white male, in his early 20s who is roughly 5ft 10in tall.
Detective Constable James Robb added:
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.
So if you’re a Spurs fan and your mate is dense enough to beat up one of their own supporters you know what to do.
This whole incident just highlights how pointless and unnecessary football violence is. This attack was so unprovoked that the culprit didn’t even realise he was on his team. Leave out the violence – it takes the fun out of football.
Unless you live in Russia, in which case hooliganism is the only reason most people even go to football matches by the looks of things.