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Tony Johnson, 55, was found with a serious head injury near The Manchester bar on the Promenade in Blackpool at 19:00 GMT on Saturday. Blackpool Football Club said they were “deeply shocked and saddened” by the grandfather’s death.
Mr Johnson’s partner said his family were “heartbroken” and “devastated”. Supporters had clashed after the match between Blackpool and Burnley. In a tribute, his partner said: “I am devastated to have lost my best friend, life partner and soul mate in a cruel act.
“We all, as a family, are so heartbroken and our lives are never going to be the same.”
Officers from Lancashire Constabulary administered CPR before Mr Johnson was taken to hospital. Det Ch Insp Tracey McMurdo said: “Sadly Mr Johnson died in hospital overnight and his family are understandably devastated.”
She appealed for any footage that might assist the police investigation and asked anyone who did have video not to post it online because “at the heart of this is a grieving family, who are incredibly distressed”. Lancashire Police said there was no suggestion Mr Johnson was specifically targeted.
The force earlier said it was working with both Blackpool and Burnley football clubs to establish what had happened. Blackpool have opened a book of condolence in the Moretti Lounge for supporters to pay their respects.
Head coach Mick McCarthy, players and supporters have left floral tributes at the Stan Mortensen Statue behind Bloomfield Road’s north stand in honour Mr Johnson. The club said: “All of the thoughts of everyone at the football club go out to Tony’s family and friends. Rest in peace, Tony.”
Blackpool Tower will be lit up tangerine later to “show support to the BFC community and everyone affected by the devastating news”, the council said in a tweet. The Armfield Club, a Blackpool supporters’ club, tweeted it was “deeply saddened” by Mr Johnson’s death, adding he was “Blackpool through and through”.
Burnley said they were “shocked and saddened”, adding: “We share our thoughts and condolences with his family, friends and everyone at Blackpool Football Club.” A fundraising page set up to help pay for the “loyal and true” Seasider’s funeral has raised more than £10,000.
A 33-year-old man who was arrested on Saturday on suspicion of wounding has been bailed pending further inquiries. Blackpool drew 0-0 with Burnley in the Championship clash at Bloomfield Road.
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