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Man arrested in Germany as Man City fans fights for his life after 'violent clash'

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A man has been arrested in Germany after a Manchester City fan was left fighting for life following an alleged assault.

The City fan was said to have been attacked after the Champions League game against Schalke.

Gelsenkirchen police said a 30-year-old suspect was arrested after the match in the Veltins Arena on Wednesday.

He has not been named but police said the suspect was a member of the group of Schalke fans known as the “Hugos”.

The victim, a 32-year old who has also not been publicly identified, has brain injuries and remains in a critical condition.

A statement from police in Gelsenkirchen said: “The police arranged a homicide division to help investigate the case.

“Their extensive investigations directed to the contemporary identification of a suspect. The 30-year old man from Gelsenkirchen is a member of the so-called ‘Hugos’, a problematic grouping of fans.

“The public prosecutor of Essen requested a writ of pre-trial custody at the responsible district court. The district court corresponded to that request.

“The 30-year-old was arrested on 25 February 2019 at 10 am at the Vinckestrasse in the district of Buer in the city of Gelsenkirchen. He was then transferred to the correctional facility.”

Police said the City fan suffered a “massive trauma to his skull and brain” after being punched and landing badly on the ground in a skirmish with two Schalke supporters.

It is understood the man had been at the game with his parents and sister, and the family regularly travel to City matches together.

The alleged assault came after Man City sealed a dramatic 3-2 Champions League win at Schalke.

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