The Manchester City fan Guido De Pauw who was attacked in Belgium after the club’s Champions League victory against Club Brugge on Tuesday night is in a stable condition in hospital but is still in a coma. The 63-year-old is Belgian and a member of a City fans’ club in the country, according to local sources, he and 233 other members attended the game. Pep Guardiola sent a message of support to the fan as per football news.
He was attacked at a gas station in neighbouring Drongen following the Premier League side’s 5-1 win. “After the match, we stopped at the parking lot along the E40 in Drongen,” Mr De Pauw’s son, Jurgen, told HLN after the incident took place. “While we were already driving on, my dad was waiting outside for his two friends. There, a Club [Brugge] supporter approached him and pulled his scarf from his neck.”
“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.” Prosecutors have confirmed that Mr De Pauw is now stable in hospital after struggling for his life at one point, according to an update on the situation. He has not yet awoken from his coma.
A total of five individuals have been apprehended. One has been charged with theft with violence and aggravated theft, while the other has been charged with malicious beatings and incapacitating injuries. All five were charged with culpable negligence when they appeared in front of a judge in Gent on Thursday. Three of them have been released under tight terms, including a prohibition on attending football games. The other two suspects, who were detained on more serious accusations, are still being held by police.
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