LISBON, Portugal (AP) - An England fan was stabbed to death in downtown Lisbon early Tuesday and a Ukrainian man, arrested on suspicion of murdering
him, was to appear in court later in the day, police said.
Stephen Smith, 28, died after he was stabbed once through the heart near Rossio square at 3.45 a.m. (0245 GMT), police spokesman Alexandre Coimbra
said. Smith, from Wolverhampton in central England, was taken to Sao Jose Hospital where he was declared dead on arrival.
Police believe the murder was not related to Euro 2004. Ukraine does not have a team at the tournament.
"The Ukrainian was hanging around, looking to steal from a group of English fans," Coimbra said. "When they tried to defend themselves he pulled a
knife and stabbed one of them before running away."
Police chased after the Ukrainian and apprehended him.
Smith had been in Portugal since the start of the European Championship, staying in the southern Algarve region, according to Coimbra.
Other fans in the group targeted by the Ukrainian may be called as witnesses in the case, Coimbra said.
The Ukrainian, whose name was not provided, was living illegally in Portugal and was known to police as a pickpocket, though he had no previous
convictions, according to Coimbra.
Lisbon police said there were no reports of violent clashes after the game between England and Croatia in Lisbon on Monday evening. England won 4-2
and advanced to the quarterfinals.
UEFA spokesman William Gaillard said the fan's death was not directly connected to Euro 2004.
"Unfortunately, these are things that happen during a tourist season," Gaillard said. "We want to underline the fact that with fan behavior, we have
had no problems."
He said more than 4,000 English and Croat supporters gathered at an organized fan park Monday and no incidents were reported.
The Rossio square, where England supporters have regularly gathered before and after matches, has been a traditional Lisbon meeting place since the
Tens of thousands of job-seeking Ukrainian immigrants have settled in Portugal in recent years, but an economic recession has damaged their employment