While Five Guys Appear Before The Judge, A Manchester City Supporter Remains In A Coma

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Guido De Pauw, a Belgian Manchester City fan who was attacked following the club’s 5-1 triumph over Club Brugge on Tuesday, is still in a coma but is improving. After appearing before a judge in Ghent on Friday, two of the five suspects arrested in connection with the event remain in detention, while the remaining three were released under tight bail terms.

After City’s Champions League triumph at the Jan Breydel Stadium, which the 63-year-old De Pauw and his son Jurgen had attended as part of a group from the Blue Moon Belgium supporters’ club, the incident occurred at a fuel station near Drongen at 10.40pm local time.

A statement from Belgium’s public prosectors said: “The victim is still in a coma, but his condition is now stable. The five suspects were brought before the investigating judge in Ghent today at the request of the public prosecutor’s office. The inquest and arrest were requested on the basis of theft by assault and theft by aggravated assault on the part of one of the defendants, intentional assault and battery resulting in incapacitating injuries on the part of a second defendant, and negligence on the part of all five defendants.

“The suspects are five men, four in their 20s and one in his 40s, four of whom live in Flemish Brabant, one in East Flanders. Two of them remain in custody. Three of them were released under strict conditions, including a ban on attending football matches, a ban on being in or near supporters’ cafes and a ban on participating in football fanclub activities.”

source : Guardian sport

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