After the game in Brugge, several reports surfaced that a 63-year-old Manchester City fan was assaulted by a group of Club Brugge supporters after the game and was hospitalized in Belgium.
The victim of the assault is considered ‘in serious condition‘, and due to the attack which was described as’sustained and violent‘Manchester City are liaising with Belgian police as they seek to investigate the case.
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As reported by Telegraph, a 63-year-old man – locally named Guido – was allegedly ‘attacked by a gang of Club Brugge supporters in a parking lot‘, and local outlets have suggested that the man is’to fight for his life‘ to the hospital.
The Telegraph also relayed quotes from Belgian outlet HLN, which transcribed comments from an eyewitness to the assault – which the report notes’appears to be the son of victim Jurgen‘.
“We visited him last night and he’s in a coma. His condition is critical. His brain is damaged and the doctors haven’t given us too much hope. We hope he will come out of it, but the chances are very slim that he will come out completely unscathed.“
“We have been going to matches in England and Europe for years and have never had a problem. Now we’re going to a game in Belgium, and he’s left for dead. Have respect for each other. I’m not a Club Brugge fan and shouted in the stadium that their fans should shut up, but when the game is over you have to respect each other. ”
“It also happens in England: we walk there before and after the match between the supporters of the other teams. It is possible there. Why not here? This should be emphasized. Respect again. Please stop this behavior.“
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In response to the assault, Manchester City issued an official club statement on the situation and noted: “Everyone at Manchester City is shocked and saddened to hear the reports of an attack on one of our supporters after the Champions League game in Brugge last night.‘
The club added, ‘We are currently working with our counterparts at Club Brugge as well as with the Belgian police and Greater Manchester to obtain more information. ‘
“Our thoughts and best wishes go out to the family and friends of the Belgian-based supporter, who remains in the hospital.‘
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