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Spurs fan attacked by fellow supporter after 'being mistaken for Chelsea fan'

Doctors are concerned the 23-year-old may have sustained lasting damage to his eyesight.

Image: Met Police

POLICE IN LONDON are investigating an unprovoked attack on a football fan following the Tottenham Hotspur vs Chelsea FA Cup semi-final match at Wembley.

The Metropolitan Police has released images of Michael Voller’s injuries as they appeal to the public for help in identifying the suspect.

It’s believed Voller, a 23-year-old Tottenham fan, was assaulted after he was mistaken by other Tottenham supporters as a Chelsea fan. He was punched in the face, causing him serious injuries including a broken cheekbone, eye-socket and skull.

Voller, who previously worked at Tottenham Hotspur FC as a gardener at their training ground, was admitted to hospital last Saturday and he has since been discharged. He is continuing to receive treatment and doctors are concerned there may be lasting damage to his eyesight.

The incident happened at about 7.30pm outside Moore Spice Indian restaurant on Engineers Way, close to Wembley Stadium.

Police said Voller, who was attending the match with a group of friends, was targeted by another group of Spurs fans walking in the opposite direction.

They believed the group mistook Voller for a rival Chelsea supporter and one of them punched him in the face, leaving him injured.

The suspect is described as a white man, aged in his early 20s and approximately 5′ 10″ tall. He was wearing a black hooded top or jacket.

‘Violent and unprovoked’ 

Detective Constable James Robb, 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.”

Anyone with information regarding the assault or the identity of the suspect has been asked to call 020 8733 3737 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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