Man City fan, 63, is fighting for his life in a coma after being ‘left for dead’ in attack by Club Brugge fans at a service station in Belgium after watching their 5-1 away win in the Champions League
- Man City travelled to face Club Brugge in the Champions League on Tuesday
- A Belgian-based City fan left the match but was later attacked by a Brugge fan
- An altercation is reported to have started over the City fan wearing a City scarf
- The son of the stricken fan said he was ‘left for dead’ and he is now in a coma
A Manchester City fan is fighting for his life after a ‘cowardly’ attack by Club Brugge fans following Tuesday night’s Champions League encounter.
A 63-year-old Belgian, who is part of City supporters’ group called Blue Moon Belgium, was attacked at a service station while on his way back from watching the 5-1 drubbing by the English side at the Jan Breydel Stadium in Bruges.
The fan, named locally as Guido, had his 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.
Guido was rushed in a coma to the nearby AZ Maria Middelares hospital in Ghent, according to Belgian paper Het Laatste Nieuws.
Jurgen, who is co-chair of the supporters’ club, wrote on its 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.’
A Belgium-based Manchester City fan, 63, is fighting for his life in a coma having been attacked following the conclusion of a 5-1 Champions League win away at Club Brugge
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’
Jurgen explained that his father was waiting for two friends when he was confronted.
He said Guido was approached by a Brugge supporter and the City scarf was taken from him.
‘When my dad asked for his scarf back, he received a heavy blow to the head, after which the perpetrators fled and left my dad for dead,’ Jurgen told HLN.
Along with Guido, there were more than 200 Belgian-based Manchester City fans that form part of the Blue Moon Belgium group which attended the match.
City dominated events in Brugge as they ran out 5-1 winners.
Goals from Joao Cancelo, Kyle Walker and Cole Palmer, as well as a brace from Riyad Mahrez, ensured a comfortable 5-1 win for Pep Guardiola’s side.
The supporter wore a City scarf before he was attacked outside the ground by a rival fan
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