5 folks have been arrested after a Manchester Metropolis fan was attacked following Tuesday’s Champions League sport towards Membership Bruges.
The Belgian man, 63, who watched Metropolis’s 5-1 win on the Jan Breydel Stadium, is in a life-threatening situation.
The assault befell on the E40 motorway companies in Drongen, 45km from Bruges.
Metropolis mentioned they had been “shocked and saddened” by the incident, whereas Membership Bruges mentioned they had been “horrified”.
An announcement from the East Flanders public prosecutor mentioned: “A person sporting a Manchester Metropolis scarf had stopped his automotive on the freeway parking in Drongen after the match and had gone to the store.
“In response to the primary findings of the investigation, his soccer scarf was taken within the store by a suspect and he walked outdoors with it. Subsequently, the sufferer got here into confrontation with some suspects within the car parking zone, and ended up on the bottom after bodily aggression.
“The emergency companies arrived on the scene. The sufferer, a 63-year-old man from Ninove, was taken to hospital. He’s in mortal hazard. As a consequence of these info, the police arrested 5 folks throughout the night time.”
Membership Bruges mentioned in an announcement they “strongly disapprove of all felony behaviour, each inside and out of doors the stadium and put tolerance first”, including: “Our ideas exit to the household and buddies.”
Metropolis mentioned they had been at the moment working with counterparts at Membership Bruges, in addition to with Belgian and Higher Manchester Police, to determine extra info.
“Our ideas and finest needs exit to the household and buddies of the Belgian-based supporter, who stays in hospital,” their assertion added.