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Supporter killed in brawl outside pub after match

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English second-tier club Blackpool said they were “deeply shocked” after a supporter died in a pub after Saturday’s game with Burnley.

The supporter, named Tony Johnson, 55, was found outside a Blackpool seafront bar with serious head injuries.

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“Blackpool FC is deeply shocked and saddened to learn of the news that supporter, Tony Johnson, tragically lost his life this morning,” a statement read on monday,

Lancashire Police said a 33-year-old man from Burnley was arrested at the scene on suspicion of wounding and has since been granted bail pending further inquiries until 1 June.

DCI Tracey McMurdo of Lancashire Police said: “Sadly, Mr Johnson died in hospital overnight and his family is devastated. We are supporting him at this difficult time and are determined to respond to his “

Following the news, it was announced that Blackpool Tower had been lit in memory of Johnson.

“Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Tony Johnson, a lifelong Blackpool supporter who passed away this morning,” Blackpool Council said in a tweet.

“Tonight, Blackpool Tower will light up tangerine to show its support to the BFC community and all those affected by the devastating news.”

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