Though Cologne manager Holger Stanislawski recently pleaded with the club's fans to have sex in the stands, a group of them has decided it prefers violence instead. Particularly targeted at 23-year-old former Blackburn defender Kevin Pezzoni.
How much do Cologne fans hate Kevin Pezzoni? Think of the most disliked player on your favorite club and then multiply that my Muammar Gaddafi.
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Cologne granted the 23-year-old's request to cancel his contract on Friday after he had been confronted outside his flat by a group of angry fans, who threatened to beat him up.
"A group of people were waiting for him in front of his apartment. They abused him and it is a situation which has been building up for a long time," said Coach Holger Stanislawski, explaining that the contract had been cancelled solely to protect the player.
Club officials said they had discussed all options with the midfielder, who had already been attacked in February, when his nose was broken.
They say he rejected