The “football” season is off to a rousing start in England, but a horrifying incident on Saturday morning has put a bit of a damper on things. West Ham United defender Calum Davenport and his mother, Kim, were attacked outside of their home, with both being stabbed several times.
The 26-year-old defender’s legs were targeted in the attack, and reports are saying that he may need to have a leg amputated. His soccer career, obviously, is almost certainly over. It’s just another horrible break for a guy who missed a lot of time in 2008 with a neck fracture suffered during a game.
Even more unsettling is that the situation highlights a major problem in British society — knife crimes. Yup, the Brits have the strictest gun laws in the world so everyone just runs around trying to Ginsu each other up instead. And it’s starting to get out of control.
GOAL.COM has the latest on the attack and Davenport’s condition:
The 26-year-old Davenport and his mother Kim, 49, were both attacked outside their property in Springfield Avenue, Bedford, at 5am yesterday morning. Calum was stabbed several times in both legs and was rushed to hospital along with his mother.
A main artery in Calum’s left leg was severed, causing him to lose pints of blood, and he was forced to undergo emergency surgery yesterday as doctors battled not only to save his leg but also his life.
There are still fears that Calum may have to have his left leg amputated, with the next 24-48 hours being crucial, while relatives have told Goal.com that the West Ham star “probably will never play football ever again.”
His sister was also home at the time, but she was unhurt. The DERBY TELEGRAPH says two men have been arrested: a 25-year-old man in Derby, and a 19-year-old who was tracked down shortly after the stabbing in Bedford.
There’s a police guard stationed outside of the room where Davenport is being treated, which makes you wonder if he made the wrong people mad. It’s clearly speculation at this point, but if they were attacked when leaving their home it seems like someone was waiting for them, rather than it being a random home invasion.
GOAL.COM then offers up this bit of info about the method of the crime:
Knife crime in the United Kingdom has become a serious problem in recent years, with the UK often described as the ‘knife crime capital’ of the developed world.
In Bedford alone, a town of just approximately 80,000 people, there have been six stabbings in the past week.
That settles it. If I ever go to England, I’m just wearing one of those huge inflatable sumo-wrestling suits every time I go outside.