“I was lucky today because I saw people dying in front of me,” he told Italian media on Thursday after the accident.
According to Sky Italy, a supermarket clerk over the age of 30 was killed in the attack. Three others were taken to hospital, one was injured but did not require treatment.
Mari, 29, was shopping with his wife and son in the Assago shopping center near Milan when a man attacked six people with a knife from a plank on Thursday. He was shot and taken to hospital where he was determined to be conscious, and is in mild condition awaiting surgery to minimize damage to his back muscles.
He is currently on loan with Italian club Monza and has asked for the postponement of his next match against Bologna, who was “shocked” by the news. A 46-year-old man with a mental illness arrested.
Local media reported that the knife was stopped and disarmed by retired Inter player Massimo Tarantino. The 51-year-old, who has also played in Napoli and Bologna, said he saw the suspect “scream, scream and that’s it”.
Mari’s father’s ‘heart nearly failed’
“I didn’t know anything. I didn’t watch TV or anything, but my family kept calling…and my heart was almost exhausted,” he said.
After speaking to his daughter-in-law, who witnessed the attack with her grandson, he said: “It was just horror, that’s all…and she saw someone die before her eyes.” I did that.
Monza CEO Adriano Galliani told Sky Sports Italy about the situation in Mali: His life is not in danger, he should get well soon.
Player ‘saved due to his height’
Mali is recovering at Niguarda hospital and told Galliani he hopes to be able to train again on Monday. Arsenal FC said: “We are shocked to hear the terrible news from Italy that many people have been hospitalised, including centre-back Pablo Mari on loan.
We are in contact with Pablo’s agent and he said he is in the hospital and not seriously injured. Our thoughts are with Pablo and the other victims of this horrific incident.
Investigators have denied the possibility of terrorism and are detaining the suspect.