Koln defender attacked during carnival

Bundesliga club 1. FC Koln says defender Kevin Pezzoni needs an operation on a broken nose after being attacked during the city’s carnival celebrations.

Koln says Pezzoni will undergo an operation to reset the nose Thursday. He will receive a special mask to allow him train, though the club says a precise date for his return can only be determined after the surgery.

Media reported that Pezzoni was struck in the face Sunday without provocation by an unknown assailant in Huerth, a town bordering Koln.

Pezzoni told the Koln-based Express newspaper that he ”just stood there as someone tipped me from behind. … Then I got hit in the face.”

Koln coach Stale Solbakken said he was ”stunned” and felt ”sorry” for the player.