Pep Guardiola wears a t-shirt in support of Man City fan who was left in a coma after being attacked in Belgium following Champions League victory over Club Brugge
- Pep Guardiola has paid tribute to the Man City fan who was attacked in Belgium
- The City manager wore a t-shirt in support of him at their press conference today
- Guardiola said that he has the full support of the club and that they wish him well
Pep Guardiola attended today’s press conference wearing a t-shirt in support of the Manchester City fan who was attacked in Belgium earlier this week.
A 63-year-old man, who is part of City supporters’ group called Blue Moon Belgium, was attacked at a service station at 10.40pm while on his way back from City’s 3-2 Champions League victory on Wednesday night.
Speaking at Manchester City’s press conference ahead of their clash with Brighton, Guardiola said the assaulted fan had the ‘full support’ of the club and that everyone at the Etihad was ‘wishing him well’.
Pep Guardiola (above) attended today’s press conference wearing a t-shirt in support of the Manchester City fan who was attacked in Belgium earlier this week
Speaking about the injured supporter, Guardiola said: ‘The Manchester City fan who was attacked hopefully he is improving and of course, everyone at the club wishes him well.
‘Of course he has all the support through the club and whatever they need from our club is there.
‘We have a big, big hug for him and for all his family, and we wish that he can come back soon to the Etihad Stadium.’
A 63-year-old man, who is part of City supporters’ group called Blue Moon Belgium, was attacked while on his way back from City’s 3-2 Champions League victory on Wednesday
The fan, named locally as Guido, had his Manchester City scarf ripped from his neck and when he went to retrieve it he received a ‘heavy blow to the head,’ according to his son Jurgen.
Jurgen, who is co-chair of the supporters’ club, wrote on the group’s Facebook page: ‘My father was the victim of a cowardly attack for his City scarf at a stopover in Drugen. We hope the perpetrators are found and punished.
‘We have been everywhere in England and the rest of Europe, never aggression. We come to Belgium once and you will be left for dead.
‘Keep on fighting daddy. City love, Jurgen.’
Guido was rushed in a coma to the nearby AZ Maria Middelares hospital in Ghent following the incident.
Since then, it has been revealed that the supporter who was attacked on his way home from the team’s Champions League match against Club Brugge in Belgium has been upgraded to ‘stable’ condition though he remains in a coma.
Additionally, five men were arrested after the incident that left the 63-year-old City fan fighting for his life.
Jurgen, son of the attacked supporter, hit out at the ‘cowardly’ and ‘senseless’ violence in a statement made by Blue Moon Belgium on Wednesday morning after he was ‘left for dead’
One suspect was charged with theft with violence and theft with aggravated violence, another with intentional beatings and incapacitating injuries, and all five with culpable negligence, the East Flanders prosecutor’s office said in a statement released Friday.
The five men were brought before a judge in the city of Ghent on Thursday. Three have been released under strict conditions, including a ban on attending soccer matches, and two remained detained, prosecutors said.
Prosecutors said on Wednesday that the victim had ‘life-threatening injuries.’ In their latest update, they said he was ‘still in a coma but his condition is now stable.’
City has said the club is working with police in Belgium and Manchester to establish more information about the incident.
More to follow…