By Chris Wright
Newly-relegated 2. Bundesliga side Cologne (or ‘FC Köln’ if you’d prefer) have been forced into cancelling the contract of Kevin Pezzoni after a prolonged campaign of hate against the 23-year old defender culminated in a gang of five thugs waited outside his flat, threatening to “beat him dead” – this coming seven months after Pezzoni had his nose broken in a nightclub by a man believed to be a Cologne fan.
There are also reports in Germany that a note reading “We will hunt you down” was placed under the windscreen wipers of Pezzoni’s car after Cologne lost 1-0 against Energie Cottbus a few days prior.
Cologne coach Holger Stanislawski told the press:
“Things have happened that prevented Kevin from playing football in this club. A group of people have ambushed Pezzoni in front of his flat, accosted him and threatened him with violence. He told me that every pass he