According to talksport, a Manchester City fan is reported to be ‘in a critical condition’ following an alleged assault after Wednesday’s Champions League win over Schalke. The Premier League club announced the news on Thursday afternoon and revealed staff have stayed in Germany to support the fan, who is being treated in hospital.
A statement read: “Manchester City are aware of an alleged assault after the match at the Veltins Arena in Germany last night. “The club are working with Greater Manchester Police and German police to ascertain more information. “Club staff have remained in Germany to support the family of an injured City fan who is currently in a critical condition in hospital.” The club have asked anyone with any information about the incident to contact police.
Pep Guardiola’s side won the first leg of the last-16 tie in Gelsenkirchen 3-2. Sergio Aguero put City in the lead before two controversial Schalke penalties, both awarded after consulting VAR, scored by Nabil Bentaleb saw the hosts take a 2-1 lead. Defender Nicolas Otamendi was then sent off for the Premier League champions, but late strikes from Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling sealed a dramatic victory. The second leg is scheduled for March 12 at the Etihad Stadium.
Pep Guardiola insisted his Manchester City side are NOT good enough to win the Champions League. After VAR controversy had played its part in Nabil Bentaleb’s penalty double wiping out Sergio Aguero’s early opener, and Nicolas Otamendi’s second half sending off, the Premier League champions looked set to return home for the second leg trailing. But a stunning late free kick from Leroy Sane and a cool finish from Raheem Sterling pulled off a miraculous comeback in Gelsenkirchen.
However Guardiola insists that unless his side learn from their mistakes, then they can forget any thoughts of European success – because they won’t get out of jail against better opponents. “Three goals and the result is an incredible result but still we are not ready to fight for the Champiosn League,” he said. “To go away and score three goals and the way we react 10 v 11 the way we play the second half. I am more than delighted but it is not enough in this competition. “We gave them the two penalties and the red card and in the latter stages if we do that we are out. We are a nice team to watch yes, and we score an incredible amount of goals. City will be without both Otamendi and Fernandinho in the second leg on a fiery night in Germany, where City players were noticeably unhappy with Spanish referee Carlos del Cerro