Man arrested for ‘killing’ football fan Tony Johnson after Burnley and Blackpool supporters brawled outside pub
A MAN has been arrested on suspicion of killing a football fan who died after a brawl between Burnley and Blackpool supporters.
Tony Johnson, 55, suffered a fatal head injury after the fight erupted outside The Manchester Pub in Blackpool on March 4.
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A 33-year-old man has now been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and remains in custody.
Six other men aged between 18 and 49 have also been detained on suspicion of violent disorder.
The arrests came following morning raids at eight addresses across Fylde and Burnley yesterday.
Tony died after his beloved Blackpool drew 0-0 with Burnley at home.
Speaking on behalf of Tony’s family, his partner said their lives were “never going to be the same” after the death of the “beloved” grandad.
She said: “I am devastated to have lost my best friend, life partner and soul mate in a cruel act.
“Tony was a very much loved dad, son, brother, uncle and Gramps and obviously a beloved friend to many.
“We all, as a family, are so heartbroken and our lives are never going to be the same.
“He will be one missed gentleman and the party will live on through us all, just as he would’ve wanted.
“Rest in peace my darling, tangerine dreams forever.”
Tony’s partner paid tribute