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Michael Dye murder: Fresh arrest over Wales fan's death

A fresh arrest has been made by police investigating the murder of a Wales' supporter outside Wembley stadium.

Metropolitan Police said a 41-year-old man was held on Friday in Worcestershire on suspicion of the murder of Michael Dye, 44, from Cardiff.

Mr Dye suffered head injuries before the Euro 2012 qualifier on Tuesday and died later in hospital.

The arrested man is in custody at a West Mercia Police station.

His is the seventh arrest in the murder inquiry. No further action is being taken against six men who were arrested in the Wales area of the stadium and later bailed.

Police say the post-mortem examination gave the cause of Mr Dye's death as blunt trauma to the back of the head.

'Catastrophic consequences'

Image caption Michael Dye was a mason with Cardiff City council

Investigating officers want to talk to fans who were at Turnstile C before the game where Mr Dye was assaulted before the match.

They have issued a CCTV image of fans gathered at the turnstile who they want to speak to, and urged the fans to come forward.

Acting Det Ch Insp Sheila Stewart appealed to anyone who recognises any of the witnesses in the CCTV still released to come forward.

"This incident has emerged from a moment of brutal violence with catastrophic consequences leaving behind a family without a son, husband and father," she said.

"It is imperative that we have the public's assistance to identify those involved,"

Meanwhile, players and fans paid tribute to Mr Dye by holding a minute's applause before Saturday's Cardiff City home game with Doncaster.

Both teams wore black arm fans in the Cardiff City - Doncaster match and Mr Dye's family attend as guests of the club.

Image caption CCTV image of fans gathering at Wembley's Turnstile C before Tuesday's match

Sympathy cards

Wales manager Gary Speed joined both managers at the side of the pitch for the tribute.

On Friday afternoon, Bluebirds and Wales striker Robert Earnshaw, representing both Cardiff City and the Football Association of Wales, lay flowers at the gates.

The club said the Ninian Park gates, where many fans have left tributes, would remain closed for Saturday's game as a mark of respect.

Long-time friend Vince Alm, of Cardiff City Supporters' Club, said Mr Dye's partner Natalie and family had taken strength from the depth of feeling from fellow fans.

"There's been tributes from people who don't know him or knew him little but, because of the tragedy of it, they've wanted to show their support and grieve alongside the family," he said.

"Natalie's had sympathy cards from all sorts of people including one from the House of Commons.

"His boys have also been down there at the gates to look at the tributes. They take strength from that."

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