‘The Crystal Palace fan called him the c-word’ – Man charged following pub stabbing in Penge

A man has been charged by police following a football-fuelled stabbing.

On August 20, the Crooked Billet in High Street was showing the Crystal Palace -Liverpool game when a “heated exchange” occurred between rival fans.

“One of the Liverpool fans, a man in his twenties, seemed to have had enough and was leaving the pub,” a witness said.

“But he turned round in the doorway when the Palace fan called him the c-word, at which point he turned round and walked towards the fan, who started walking towards him.

“It was like slow motion.”

According to the witness, this was when one of the Liverpool fans pulled a knife out of his jacket.

“He stabbed the bigger, older Palace fan in the shoulder,” they said.

“The young man then ran out of the pub up Maple Road.”

The witness said the victim’s family quickly rushed to his aid.

“He was bleeding a lot,” they said.

“The landlady brought tea towels to help press on the wound, while the man slipped in and out of consciousness.

“His two sons came from nearby and were considering driving their father to the A&E.”

A spokeswoman for the Met Police confirmed that a 45-year-old man was taken to hospital for a stab wound, which was deemed non-life threatening.

“Police were called by the London Ambulance Service at approximately 9.39pm to reports of a male with stab injuries, on Penge High Street,” she said.

“Enquiries led officers to arrest a 20-year-old male at Gatwick airport on August 24 in connection with the incident.

“Sami Mercan, 20, of no fixed abode, has since been charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

He was remanded in custody and was due to appear at Bromley Magistrates Court on August 25.

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