A MAN was stabbed in the face with a broken bottle in an unprovoked attack in Huddersfield.
Zimbabwean news website editor Mduduzi Mathuthu, 25, suffered cuts and a broken nose in the attack outside the Muhammed Ali Sports Centre in Gilbert Grove, Crosland Moor.
The bottle was thrust into his face early on Sunday morning.
Mr Mathuthu, who fled persecution in Zimbabwe and now lives in Cardiff, was in Huddersfield with a Zimbabwean soccer team from south Wales for a Kick Racism Out of Football tournament in Leeds.
He said: "I had suffered at the hands of the Zimbabwean regime, but nothing like this."
He said he was chatting to a woman outside the centre when a man said she was his wife.
He then smashed the bottle he was holding against a wall and thrust it into Mr Mathuthu's face.
Mr Mathuthu said: "Other people pulled him off me and I've no doubt they saved my life. The man ran off before the police arrived. It was a vicious and unprovoked attack. I thought I was going to die."
Mr Mathuthu went home after six stitches were put in the wound at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.
The attacker was a small African man in his late 20s or mid-30s.
A friend of Mr Mathuthu, Mthokozisi Dube, saw the attack. He said: "The guy was drinking beer from a bottle and he crashed it against the wall but remained holding its neck.
"As everyone tried to hold him back, he stabbed Mduduzi on the nose with the sharp edge of the bottle. I saw blood gushing from his nose. It was a nightmare."
Mr Mathuthu's website is www.newzimbabwe.com
It was set up to give Zimbabweans a voice against dictator Robert Mugabe.
Anyone with information about the attack should phone police on 01484 436559 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.