Chelsea youngster fan stabbed on way to stadium

Chelsea Football Club fans heading to the Europa League game have been warned by the club after a fatal stabbing in West Kensington. A teenage boy was knifed in the chest at around 2pm on Thursday (March 7) in Lanfrey Place, off North End Road. Paramedics rushed him to hospital, but he was later pronounced dead. Police have informed his next of kin and have launched a murder investigation, but no arrests have been made yet.

Lanfrey Place is just off North End Road, which is one of the main routes towards Stamford Bridge stadium, where Chelsea are playing Dynamo Kyiv for the first leg of their Europa League round of 16 games. A statement on the top-flight football club’s website read: “Supporters heading to tonight’s game should be aware North End Road is currently closed in both directions between Lillie Road and Talgarth Road due to a police incident. “They are currently on site carrying out investigations but the closure is likely to be for some time.

“Supporters who normally use North End Road are advised to make alternative arrangements.” Fire engines and an air ambulance were called to the scene as well as police and paramedics, forcing North End Road closed. Although the teenager has been rushed to hospital, police are still at the scene of the stabbing carrying out investigations. No arrests have been made inc connection with the stabbing.

Concerning the game, Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea will be gunning for a first leg advantage to take back to Ukraine in their Europa League last 16 clash with Dynamo Kiev. The Blues are hoping to keep up momentum following victories over both Tottenham and Fulham. With the fight for a place in the top four hotly contested in the Premier League, the importance of success in the Europa League could take on huge importance for Chelsea. {source;}

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