Former Spurs player opens up on being stabbed while saving colleague from knife attack

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Dom Le Roy

Former Tottenham defender, Gudni Bergsson has opened up on a shocking incident that took place back in 2012 when he was stabbed twice while saving a colleague’s life during a vicious knife attack.

Bergsson spent eight years at White Hart Lane as a player after arriving at the club in 1988.

While the defender was a loyal servant, he never quite managed to become a regular in the side and was eventually sold to Bolton in 1995, where he went on to become a club legend, appearing over 250 times.

Bergsson, who is now president of the Icelandic FA, admitted in an interview to The Sun ahead of England’s Nations League game against Iceland in Reykjavik on Saturday that he underwent a massive scare eight years ago when he was working as a lawyer.

He revealed that a man turned up at his law firm offices with a hunting knife in a dispute over debt and started attacking his 68-year-old colleague, who was stabbed six times in the neck, chest, kidneys and back.

The former Spurs star leapt to his colleague’s defence and was stabbed twice in the leg while doing so.

Recalling the incident, Bergsson said: “I was fortunate to be there and intervene to help stop the attack.

“My colleague was very seriously injured and was on the brink — so thank God it went well in the end.

“There were still terrible injuries inflicted but he is OK today and enjoying life. We keep in touch.

“I saw it happening, so I rushed into the office and saw there was blood. I tried to get there as soon as I could to get the knife off him.

“He stabbed me twice in the left thigh — but I managed to get the knife and restrain him. At that point, I didn’t realise I had been stabbed.”

The 55-year-old also admitted that he had fond memories from his time at Spurs but revealed that it was Bolton he felt more attached to due to the success he enjoyed at the club.

He added: “Spurs have a wonderful stadium and are pushing to hopefully win cups and titles.

“I arrived in the late eighties and there were only 12 foreign players in the top division! We trained at Mill Hill with cold showers. It was grim — but it was still English football.

“It was an adventure and privilege to play alongside Gazza, Lineker, Waddle and Mabbutt.

“I had a great time but I don’t think I really enjoyed my best period there. I am more in touch with people from Bolton, as I was captain.

“I was more experienced when I went there — I had eight great years and took part in the resurrection of the club. It has been really sad to see their demise and that they are in League Two now.”

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