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Mourinho escapes injury after crazed fan's knife attack

Tom Worden in Barcelona

Published 05/03/2011 | 05:00

A CRAZED fan tried to stab Jose Mourinho as he signed autographs in an airport.

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The former Chelsea boss's bodyguard was wounded as the madman lashed out with the sharp object.

Mourinho (48) was rushed away by his security team at La Coruna airport, in north west Spain.

Spanish media said the security guard, called Eduardo, only realised he had been stabbed when he boarded the team bus with the Real Madrid coach.

He thought he had been punched until he saw blood pouring from the wound.

Club security chiefs believe the attacker meant to harm Mourinho as 400 fans surrounded him as he stepped off a plane last Friday.

The bodyguard was treated by the club's medical staff for a 4cm wound.

Mourinho was only told about the incident on Thursday, Spanish media said.

Newspaper 'El Periodico' said: "Mourinho stopped to sign autographs in arrivals, where a large number of Madrid fans were waiting for the team.

"The bodyguard was near the manager and noticed he had been stabbed in the armpit.

"The security guard realised he had a 4cm wound caused by a sharp object.

"Mourinho was very worried by the incident."

The news of the stabbing was revealed by respected Spanish journalist Jose Ramon de la Morena on the country's most popular sports radio show on Cadena Ser.

Security cameras recorded the drama and the attacker, said to be a tall man, has been identified.

Terror

In 2003 Mourinho said he suffered "weeks of terror" after receiving death threats ahead of the Champions League final.

He said he hired private security to protect himself and his family following the final in which he coached Porto to a 3-0 victory over Monaco in Gelsenkirchen in May 2003.

Mourinho said he had fled the ground in fear of his life.

In February last year, Mourinho was advised to tighten security after police smashed a plot by mobsters to raid his luxury lakeside villa in Italy.

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