A LIVERPOOL fan who was left fighting for life after being assaulted in front of his sons has died, police have confirmed.
The 51-year-old victim, named as Ventsislav Marginov, was attacked minutes after watching his team win the Champions League final.
He had been leaving a venue in Southport, Merseyside on Saturday night with his two sons when a group of men launched an attack on him.
The victim, a Bulgarian national living in the seaside town, was left unconscious after the assault near to Scarisbrick Hotel in Lord Street in the town centre.
Police officers on patrol spotted the disturbance at 10.40pm as the victim’s son, aged 28 and from Southport, was also assaulted by the group.
Both men were rushed to Aintree Hospital as the dad was left in critical condition.
But Merseyside Police announced last night that the 51-year-old tragically died yesterday, while his son suffered facial injuries.
Officers say they arrested a 31-year-old from Southport in connection with the attack and charged him with grievous bodily harm.
A police spokesman said: “James Peter Gelling, 31 years, of Hampton Road, Southport was earlier charged with grievous bodily harm and appeared at Liverpool Magistrates Court this afternoon (Tuesday 4 June 2019). He has been remanded in custody.
“A 32-year-old man from Southport arrested on suspicion of Section 18 wounding with intent has been released on conditional bail.
“Officers continue to appeal for anyone with information about the incident to contact Merseyside Police social media desk via Twitter @MerPolCC or Facebook Merseyside Police CC.”
Liverpool Echo reports that the man was a Liverpool football fan who had been watching his team on Saturday night take on Tottenham.
This is the second death of a Liverpool fan on the night of the jubilant scenes on Saturday as the Anfield outfit beat Tottenham 2-0 in Madrid.
A dad-of-two, Bala Evans O’Rourke, 33, was fatally stabbed outside bars in Liverpool city centre as he celebrated the European cup glory with fans.