German Police have arrested a 30-year-old man from Gelsenkirchen over the alleged assault of a Manchester City fan after the Champions League game against Schalke.
The 32-year-old English supporter suffered a life-threatening “massive brain injury” on Wednesday and remains in a medically-induced coma in a German hospital.
The City fan was leaving the Veltins Arena with his parents and sister when he was punched to the floor, hitting his head which caused severe injuries.
The suspect was described as being part of the ‘Hugos’ – the group of Ultras connected to Schalke – and was arrested in the Buer District around 10am on Monday.
City continue to support the victim’s family, with both parents remaining in Germany to be close to him.
Two City staff members are working with the family, one of which has a background in victim support.
Speaking on Friday, City manager Pep Guardiola said: “Our thoughts and our best wishes go to them [the fan and his family]. It was tough news.
“We had a spectacular game which everybody enjoys, but still these kind of things happen. Hopefully the police in Germany can sort that problem and the guy can get well as soon as possible.”
The alleged assault followed City’s 3-2 victory over Schalke in the Champions League, when Guardiola’s side scored two goals in the last five minutes to claim victory in the first leg of the last 16.