Wales

Football fan Michael Dye's funeral held in Cardiff

Michael Dye
Image caption Michael Dye died after suffering head injuries in an incident before Wales' Euro 2012 match at Wembley

The funeral has been held of a Wales football fan who died after a Euro 2012 qualifier against England.

Michael Dye, 44, from Cardiff, was found injured outside Wembley's Gate C on 6 September.

Mr Dye's funeral was at Thornhill Crematorium, followed by a wake at Cardiff City Stadium.

A 41 year-old man from Worcestershire has been remanded in custody charged with Mr Dye's manslaughter.

People attending the funeral were urged not to wear suits or black clothing as the family say Mr Dye would have wanted them to dress casually.

Mr Dye, from Ely, worked as a stone mason for Cardiff Council.

'Occasion'

Cardiff and Swansea football supporters united in a fundraising match in Mr Dye's memory last Sunday.

The fans put aside their traditional rivalry for the game at Bryntirion FC in Pencoed, Bridgend.

Terry Walters, who helped to organise the event, said at the time of the match there was tremendous support for the family of the avid Bluebirds fan.

"Mikey's death was a tragic event, but something good has come out of it because it has brought both sets of fans together to realise that there's more to life than football," said Mr Walters.

"We realise there is massive rivalry between the two clubs and, while it's great to have a rivalry, it's great to show that fans can put that aside and get together on an occasion such as this."

An inquest at Barnet Coroners' Court last month heard that the provisional cause of Mr Dye's death was blunt trauma to the head.

The inquest was adjourned until a later date to be set.

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