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City fan Mark Rogers set up a fund for its victim and his loved ones, which in addition has had donations from Schalke fans.
“We’ve had a fantastic response – now let us perform the quadruple for the lad,” he explained.
“City is just really a family group. You expect there to be a anger but there was not – it’s about trusting it is a complete recovery and everything is going to be OK.
“This is a family group going to a football match – a mother, a dad, a boy and a daughter – a family trip and these were assaulted. It shouldn’t happen, maybe not in any ground”
The injured fan, who has not been identified at his family’s request, was abandoned in a coma following attack and is now responsive but can’t talk due to a breathing tube. Gelsenkirchen authorities have since detained a 30-year-old man.
Asked if home fans were concerned about possible violence at the match, Rogers said:”Everyone is going to go and revel in the sport.
“The only concern for us City fans for the second leg is we get through to the second around, and we would love to provide that family something to smile around come June.”