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Cardiff City fans' Carling Cup tribute to Mike Dye at Wembley

Michael Dye
Image caption Michael Dye was killed by single punch before a Euro 2012 qualifier at Wembley Stadium

Cardiff City supporters heading to Wembley for the Carling Cup Final are to pay tribute to a fan killed at the London stadium last year.

Michael Dye, 44, died of head injuries after he was punched shortly before the kick-off of to the Wales v England Euro 2012 qualifier in September.

The City fan, from Ely, Cardiff, will be remembered on Sunday when his team take on Liverpool.

An area will be set aside for people to leave flowers, scarves and flags.

Gwyn Davies, from the Cardiff and Valley Rams supporters club, said: "They are giving us an area near the turnstiles and that will be a tribute area.

"People are going to take flowers, scarves and flags just to commemorate him.

"Some people have said they wanted a minute's silence but I think the match should be the match and we should all congregate at the area outside for five minutes of peace for Mike to remember him.

"Then we should go and watch the game for him and win the match for him."

He said the return to Wembley would be difficult for many of Mr Dye's friends.

"It will be a bit bittersweet [going to Wembley]," said Mr Davies.

"How can we walk where Mike took his last steps without thinking that?

"But I want it to be a happy day. Things have moved on and Mikey would want us to have a good day out."

Father-of-three Mr Dye, who worked as a stonemason for Cardiff council, was a long-time Cardiff fan who wrote about the club on the Cardiff City Forum website.

He was found injured outside Wembley's Gate C on 6 September before the Euro 2012 qualifier match.

He suffered a fractured skull after being punched and died later in hospital.

Ian Mytton, 41, from Redditch, Worcestershire, pleaded guilty to Mr Dye's manslaughter at the Old Bailey in November.

He was jailed for three years.

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