MP in­ter­venes over fan death

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The death of an Eng­land sup­porter in Bul­gar­ian cus­tody last week raises “a num­ber of se­ri­ous ques­tions”, the fam­ily’s MP has said af­ter meet­ing rel­a­tives and pledg­ing to help lobby the For­eign Of­fice to in­ves­ti­gate. Amanda Milling an­swered calls for help af­ter The Daily Tele­graph dis­closed how rel­a­tives of Rob Spray had come up against a brick wall in es­tab­lish­ing the cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing his death prior to the Euro 2020 qual­i­fier in Sofia. Spray’s body was flown back to Heathrow Air­port on Thurs­day, along with pa­per­work that will be stud­ied by a coroner ahead of an au­topsy. How­ever, the cause of death on the death cer­tifi­cate the fam­ily have re­ceived has been left blank and his rel­a­tives called for an in­de­pen­dent in­quiry when they met Milling, the MP for Cannock Chase, yes­ter­day. “The fam­ily’s con­cerns and the cir­cum­stances of Robert Spray’s death need to be in­ves­ti­gated,” Milling said.

New Guardi­ola in­jury woe

Pep Guardi­ola’s con­cerns over his de­fence height­ened yes­ter­day with the news that Olek­sandr

Zinchenko and Ro­dri would be out un­til De­cem­ber. Zinchenko, in­jured dur­ing the last in­ter­na­tional break, un­der­went mi­nor surgery in Spain this week, while Ro­dri pulled a ham­string dur­ing the mid­week Cham­pi­ons League vic­tory over Ata­lanta. And with Aymeric La­porte, City’s best de­fender, out un­til well into the new year, the man­ager ad­mits he is wor­ried about his lack of re­sources. “When I’m think­ing af­ter the in­ter­na­tional break, Novem­ber, De­cem­ber, Jan­uary, Fe­bru­ary – yes I’m a lit­tle bit con­cerned,” Guardi­ola said.

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