A Manchester City supporter attacked following the team’s Champions League match in Belgium remains in a coma, according to prosecutors.
Five rival fans have been arrested in connection with the assault on the 63-year-old after the English side’s 5-1 win over Club Brugge at the Jan Breydel Stadium in Bruges earlier this week.
The victim, who is Belgian, is a member of the Manchester City supporters’ group called Blue Moon Belgium.
He was set upon in the car park of a service station on Tuesday night after having his club scarf torn from around his neck.
Taken to hospital in Ghent, he was initially described by prosecutors as having “life-threatening injuries”.
However, in an update they said he was “still in a coma but his condition is now stable”.
Writing on Facebook in the wake of the attack, Jurgen, who is co-chair of the supporters’ club, said: “My father was cowardly attacked for his City scarf at a stopover in Drugen. We hope the perpetrators are found and punished.
“We were 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.”
In a statement, the Belgian club said it was “horrified” to hear of the assault.
“Club Brugge strongly disapproves of all criminal behaviour both inside and outside the stadium and puts tolerance first,” it said.
Manchester City said it was “shocked and saddened”.
“Our thoughts and best wishes go out to the family and friends of the Belgian based supporter, who remains in hospital,” it added.
In a message posted on Twitter, City winger Raheem Sterling wrote: “Get well soon.”
In response, Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford tweeted one red heart and one blue heart to symbolise a city united.
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