The British policeman and supporter of the Icelandic national football team, who was stabbed in France this summer following a football game between Iceland and France, has arrived in Iceland, along with his girlfriend, Catherine Janes, Vísir reports. Adam Williams, who is 25, was stabbed by a stranger at a bar by the Gare du Nord train station in Paris on July 3.
Shortly after news of the attack spread, one of the Icelandic team’s supporters, Hannes Freyr Sigurðsson, who heard of the attack in foreign media, visited the supporters’ Facebook page to check interest in helping the policeman, suggesting that he be invited to Iceland. The response was huge. Numerous people and companies declared their interest in supporting his trip.
Now, Adam has arrived, and is looking forward to attending the qualifying games for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, when Iceland meets Finland on Thursday and Turkey on Sunday. On Thursday, the young couple has even been invited to Bessastaðir, the presidential residence, mbl.is reports.
Adam, who had to undergo complicated surgery following the attack, has made a remarkable recovery and is back to work. He has been doing office work at the police station lately, but expects to be back on the streets doing police work, once he returns from Iceland.
His well-wishers in Iceland also raised funds to cover his hospital costs, but he intends to give part of that amount back by donating it to the Icelandic University Hospital-Children’s Hospital and to ICE-SAR rescue teams.
Adam told RÚV, “What happened after the attack, how Icelanders responded, we couldn’t believe it. Our friends at home didn’t believe it either. It’s really hard to believe. Things like those make you believe in humanity again.” He wants to pay back the good-will. “Iceland and Icelanders supported me through the difficulties I faced. If I can help Icelanders this way, then I do so with a smile on my face.”
He added, “Iceland is very beautiful, and we look forward to spending the next eight days here.” The two plan to take several day trips during their stay.
“Catherine and I want to send our sincere thanks to Icelanders and all those who assisted us. This is still so hard to believe,” Adam stated.