Man Metropolis fan assault: Two stay in custody after 5 males seem in court docket

Manchester Metropolis beat Membership Bruges 5-1 within the Champions League on Tuesday

Two males stay in custody after showing in court docket over an assault on a Manchester Metropolis fan, mentioned the East Flanders public prosecutor.

The incident occurred in Belgium after Metropolis beat Membership Bruges in a Champions League group recreation on Tuesday.

The Belgium-based Metropolis fan was returning house when he was attacked in Drongen after he challenged somebody who had taken his scarf.

The supporter remains to be in a coma and his situation is described as secure.

“All of the membership and the organisation, from our chairman Khaldoon [al-Mubarak] and each particular person, we’re with him,” mentioned Metropolis supervisor Pep Guardiola, who wore a T-shirt in honour of the fan at his information convention on Friday previous to his facet’s recreation towards Brighton (17:30 BST on Saturday).

“We’re fairly optimistic as a result of the final hours he’s getting higher. After all, he has all of the assist from the membership for what they want with the investigation from our membership.

“We’re [sending] an enormous hug for him and all his household and we want he comes again to Etihad Stadium quickly to observe us.”

5 males, 4 of their 20s and one in his 40s, had been arrested over the incident and appeared in court docket on Friday.

An announcement from the East Flanders public prosecutor mentionedexternal-link a case of theft by assault and theft by aggravated assault has been opened towards one of many suspects and a case intentional assault and battery with incapacity for work has been opened on the a part of a second. All 5 are being investigated for negligence.

Three of the suspects have been launched underneath strict circumstances, which embody a ban on attending soccer matches and a ban on being in or close to supporters’ cafes.

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