A FOOTBALL fan who is fighting for his life after being battered on his way home from a game by a rival supporter has been pictured for the first time.
Married dad Brian Rourke, 52, is in a coma after he was attacked on his way home for a game by a rival supporter.
Brian had been to watch his beloved Luton Town take on QPR in the Championship when a yob attacked him.
He suffered serious head injuries after last Friday’s assault and was still fighting for his life last night.
Today Jack Ellicott appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court where he was charged with grievous bodily harm.
According to Met Police, the26-year-old was bailed to appear at Isleworth Crown Court on December 20.
Brian’s devastated wife Vee, 45, has been desperately appealing for witnesses.
The Sun understands it is thought to have been a random attack by a QPR fan.
Vee said: “My husband has been seriously injured and in a coma. We currently don’t know how this is going to go, but if anybody witnessed the incident or has footage please let me know or call Crimestoppers.”
Writing on Facebook, she said yesterday: “I just wanted to say a huge thank you for all the love and support our family has received over the past few days from all around the world.
“It truly goes to show how loved Brian is to you all.
“I would especially like to thank both Luton and QPR fans who have come forward and give very detailed events of that night. Your fast reactions have resulted in the culprit being arrested and charged.
“Although I would love to give you an updated on Brian’s condition at this present moment there has been no change to his condition.”
Brian was set upon just a five-minute walk from QPR’s Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium in West London at around 9.50pm, after his side’s 2-0 defeat.
Detectives are still appealing for anyone who witnessed disorder after the match or who saw the incident.
"Anyone with mobile phone footage that may be relevant is also urged to contact police," the Met Police said.
You can contact the Met Police on 101 and quote CAD7888/19Nov.
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