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Blackpool fan dies after fight breaks out following Burnley game

A man has died following a fight that took place outside a pub after the match between Blackpool and Burnley on Saturday.

lackpool said supporter Tony Johnson had passed away on Monday morning.

Lancashire Police said a man had suffered a serious head injury following an altercation involving 15 people on Saturday night.

Officers administered CPR at the scene before the man was taken to hospital.

A statement from Blackpool said: “Blackpool FC is deeply shocked and saddened to learn of the news that supporter, Tony Johnson, tragically lost his life earlier this morning.

“The club will be offering an open book of condolence from 4pm in the Moretti Lounge, giving supporters the opportunity to pay their respects to Tony.

“Supporters are also invited to lay flowers at the Mortensen Statue behind the North Stand at 4pm today along with the Club’s staff and players, giving everyone associated with the football club the chance to come together and remember a lifelong Seasider.

“All of the thoughts of everyone at the football club go out to Tony’s family and friends.”

Burnley also released a statement, which said: “Burnley Football Club are shocked and saddened to hear of the passing away of Blackpool fan, Tony Johnson, in the early hours of this morning.

“We share our thoughts and condolences with his family, friends and everyone at Blackpool Football Club.”

A 33-year-old man who was arrested on Saturday on suspicion of wounding has been bailed pending further inquiries.

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