Blues tribute to Benitez
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.