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England Fan In A Coma After Italy Bar Fight
A 65-year-old man is in a coma in Italy after a brawl between England fans ahead of the World Cup qualifier against San Marino.
The victim was injured after he was punched in the face and hit his head against the pavement when he fell.
Police called to the scene have arrested another Briton, Matthew Mabey, 21, who is being held on suspicion of serious wounding.
The incident happened outside the Bounty pub in Bologna, where dozens of England fans had gathered ahead of the journey to nearby San Marino for the match, which England won 8-0.
Violence erupted between a group of seven fans who were drinking in the pub.
Paramedics were quickly on the scene and the victim - who reportedly tried to defend himself with a bar stool - was taken to Bologna's Maggiore Hospital for emergency surgery.
Doctors said he was put into an induced coma and described his condition as ''very serious".
A police spokeswoman in Bologna said: "We were called by staff at the pub and by passers by to a fight that had broken out between a group of England fans who had been drinking heavily.
"From what witnesses have told us a group of men surrounded the victim and as they attacked him he picked up a bar stool to defend himself but was then punched once in the face and fell to the ground hitting his head on the pavement.
"He suffered serious injuries and is now in hospital."
The spokesman said that a 48-year-old man also held in connection with the incident has been released.
An employee at the bar said: "They had been in the bar drinking all day, then all of a sudden all hell broke loose and there was shouting and fighting amongst themselves.
"The next minute one man was on the floor. He looked in a bad way and then the ambulance and police arrived."
A UK Foreign Office spokeswoman said: "We can confirm the arrest of a British national in Italy on 21 March. We are providing consular assistance."
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what do you think?
No wonder england has such a bad rep abroad, when there's thugs like this about...disgusting. hope the man makes a full revovery...
Misleading headline should read: DRUNKEN FOOTBALL FAN IN COMA AFTER PUB BRAWL. There is no reason to include eithe England or Italy in this story.
Why not. They were people from England going to the game not from any other country.