Pep Guardiola wears T-shirt in tribute to Man City fan fighting for life in hospital after attack by rival supporters

PEP GUARDIOLA had a message for stricken Manchester City fan Guido de Pauw on his T-shirt on Friday.

The Etihad boss arrived at his press conference to preview Saturday’s trip to Brighton sporting the words ‘We’re With You Guido”.


Hours after City’s game in Brugge on Tuesday night, De Pauw, 63, was attacked outside a shop as he returned home.

He was immediately rushed to hospital and placed in a coma with doctors declaring he had life-threatening injuries.

Five men have appeared in court over the incident and two remain in custody – while the victim’s condition is described as ‘stable’.

Guardiola is praying Guido will continue to improve and that he will be able to join them at the Etihad in the future.

He said: “Of course all the club and the organisation, from our chairman Khaldoon and every person here, we are with him.

“We are quite optimistic because the last hours he is getting better.

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“Of course he has all the support from the club for what they need with the investigation from our club.

“We are sending a big hug for him and all his family and we wish he comes back to Etihad Stadium soon to follow us.”

Guardiola is hoping those responsible for the attack will be brought to justice in Belgium.  

He added: “Hopefully this isn’t going to happen again. It’s difficult to understand why people go to enjoy a football game and this kind of terrible things.

“I’m pretty sure Bruges will do the right investigation on that and they can take the person or the people involved in this.”

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