Pompey fan Andrew Bache suffered '˜cardiac arrest' after Euro 2016 attack
POMPEY fan Andrew Bache suffered a cardiac arrest, extensive brain injuries and a lung infection when he was attacked by Russian supporters during Euro 2016, according to his son.
Known as Pepe, he is in a critical condition in a French hospital after being assaulted by Russians armed with iron bars ahead of England’s match against Russia in Marseille.
His son Harry has travelled to France to be with his father, who lives in Portsmouth.
On a message posted on a fundraising page set up for Mr Bache, he said: ‘Have just seen dad for the first time, very briefly as they were taking him into a CT scan.
‘The doctor said he had suffered a cardiac arrest and also has a lung infection plus extensive brain injuries.’
He said he would be meeting French police before returning to the hospital later.
The JustGiving page set up for Mr Bache, from Portsmouth, Hampshire, has now reached almost £14,000.
His brother Dean Bache previously posted on Facebook: ‘I have just had a call from the British Embassy and they say the hospital had informed them that Pepe’s injuries are no longer life-threatening but could be life-changing.
‘He is still in a serious condition and they won’t know the extent of his injuries until he is taken out of the induced coma.
‘I was told that the chief inspector of the local police has informed them that they have excellent CCTV footage of the attack and have identified those involved and pictures have been forwarded to French police.’
Jay Ricketts, 44, who set up the fundraising page, said Mr Bache’s life was saved by the French police who gave him CPR.
A Foreign & Commonwealth Office spokeswoman said: ‘We are in contact with French authorities about a British national injured in Marseille and stand ready to provide further support.’
Friends have told how Mr Bache was shown ‘no mercy’ when attacked by Russian hooligans.
The JustGiving page can be found at crowdfunding.justgiving.com/Pepefrompompey
The Russian football association was today given suspended disqualification from Euro 2016 and a 150.000 euro fine by Uefa for fan violence.