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Memorial service for Southampton boss Markus Liebherr

Markus Liebherr at St Mary's stadium
Image caption St Mary's stadium will be closed on Wednesday as a mark of respect, the club said

A memorial service to honour Southampton Football Club's late owner Markus Liebherr has been planned.

The Swiss businessman, who died on Tuesday aged 62, took over the Saints in July 2009 and lifted the club out of administration.

The service will be held at St Mary's Church in Southampton at 1130 BST on Wednesday and it will be broadcast to fans outside.

St Mary's stadium will be closed on Wednesday as a mark of respect.

The club's store inside the West Quay shopping centre will also be closed.

The service of thanksgiving will be led by the Reverend Julian Davies and only those with invitations will be admitted into the church.

A club spokesman said: "The club recognises that many fans will want to pay their respects to Markus.

"As such, the entire service will be broadcast into the grounds of the church over a public address system, fans are invited to congregate outside the church, with the site large enough to hold a large but limited number of supporters.

"St Mary's Church is seen as the ideal setting for the club to pay its respects, being the location where St Mary's Young Men's Association FC was founded.

"125 years later, Saints will be returning to the church to gather and remember a man who truly loved the club."

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