Blues trib­ute to Ben­itez

Midweek Sport - - SPORTS -

BIRM­ING­HAM will hold a minute-long ap­plause dur­ing Satur­day’s cur­tain­raiser against Wat­ford as a trib­ute to for­mer player Chris­tian Ben­itez.

The 27-year-old Ecuado­rian passed away on Sun­day, just hours af­ter mak­ing his de­but for Qatari side El Jaish.

He had been ad­mit­ted to hos­pi­tal with stom­ach pains be­fore later dy­ing of heart fail­ure.

The trib­ute will be held in the 11th minute at St An­drew’s, mark­ing the fact the for­ward wore the num­ber 11 shirt for Blues.

Ben­itez spent the 2009/10 sea­son on loan at Birm­ing­ham.

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