Pep Guardiola has shown his support for the Manchester City fan who came under attack after Tuesday’s 5-1 Champions League win at Club Brugge.
Guido De Pauw was left in a coma with fears of brain damage after being attacked at a gas station on his way home with family and friends.
The 63-year-old is in stable condition and Guardiola arrived at his media duties ahead of today’s match in Brighton wearing a T-shirt displaying a message of solidarity.
Pep Guardiola (above) attended today’s press conference wearing a t-shirt in support of the Manchester City fan who was attacked in Belgium earlier this week
“The whole club and the organization are with him,” Guardiola said. “We are quite optimistic because, these last hours, it is better. We send him and his whole family a big hug and we hope he will come back to the Etihad Stadium soon to follow us.
According to information published yesterday in Belgium, two men are still in police custody. A lawyer for one of the alleged assailants said: “He’s so sorry. He realizes that he will have to pay dearly and that he is no longer allowed to go to football.
Guardiola added: “I hope it doesn’t happen again. It’s hard to understand why people are going to enjoy a game and why terrible things are happening. Bruges will do the right investigation.
A 63-year-old man, who is part of City’s fan group called Blue Moon Belgium, was attacked as he returned from City’s 3-2 Champions League win on Wednesday.
Jurgen, the son of the attacked supporter, denounced the “cowardly” and “senseless” violence in a statement made by Blue Moon Belgium on Wednesday morning.
He said: ‘My father was the victim of a loose attack for his City scarf during a layover in Drugen. We hope that the perpetrators will be found and punished.
“We have been all over England and the rest of Europe, never aggression. We come to Belgium once and you will be left for dead.
‘Keep fighting daddy. Love the city, Jurgen.
Jurgen also explained how his father was expecting two friends when he was confronted.
He said Guido had been approached by a Bruges supporter and the town scarf had been taken from him.
A lawyer for one of the alleged perpetrators who attended the match in Belgium said: “He is very sorry. He realizes that he will have to pay dearly and that he no longer has the right to go to football ‘
“When my father asked for his scarf to be returned, he received a severe blow to the head, after which the perpetrators fled and left my father for dead. “
Club Brugge issued a statement after the incident, saying they were “horrified” by the attack and “strongly disapproved” of the behavior.
“Club Brugge were horrified to learn of the events in the E40 motorway parking lot in Drongen where a Manchester City fan, who had previously been invited to the Jan Breydel stadium, was attacked,” they told the time.
“Club Brugge strongly disapproves of any criminal behavior inside and outside the stadium and prioritizes tolerance. Our hearts go out to the family and friends of the Manchester City fan. ‘
Jurgen, son of the attacked supporter, denounced the “cowardly” and “senseless” violence in a statement made by Blue Moon Belgium on Wednesday morning after being “left for dead”
While Manchester City issued a statement saying: “Everyone at Manchester City is shocked and saddened to hear reports of an attack on one of our supporters after the Champions League game in Bruges last night .
“We are currently working with our counterparts at Club Brugge as well as with the Belgian police and Greater Manchester to establish more information.
“Our thoughts and best wishes go out to the family and friends of the Belgian-based supporter, who remains in the hospital. ”
Meanwhile, Guardiola told Steve Bruce to ignore criticism of his tenure at Newcastle and suggested he avoid social media.
“Sometimes managers are treated worse than worse, but that’s a reflection of society,” said the City boss.
“No one deserves to be treated like this. But he doesn’t have to worry, because it’s the people who know him well who are most important.
“The players know who Steve is. He always took good care of me when I came from Catalonia. I wish her all the best and tell her to ignore comments.