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Michael Norgrove death: Boxer becomes first to die from injuries sustained in a British ring in 18 years

Norgrove tragedy a sad reminder after fighter becomes first to die from injuries sustained in a British ring in 18 years

By
Jeff Powell

PUBLISHED:

00:02 GMT, 8 April 2013

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UPDATED:

09:10 GMT, 8 April 2013

The tragic death of Michael Norgrove comes as a reminder not only of the dangers of boxing but of the strides taken towards making the hard old game as safe as humanly possible.

Norgrove has become the first boxer for 18 years to die from injuries sustained in a fight in a British ring.

That remarkable statistic will do nothing to ease the grief of Norgrove’s family and friends but it will defend the sport he loved against the inevitable howls of the abolitionists.

Tragedy: Michael Norgrove (left) collapsed after his fight with Tom Bowen was stopped

Tragedy: Michael Norgrove (left) collapsed after his fight with Tom Bowen was stopped

Tragedy: Michael Norgrove (left) collapsed after his fight with Tom Bowen was stopped

While the British Boxing Board of Control’s strict medical procedures ensure that fighters here are among the best protected in the world, many other sports have higher fatality rates.

While mountaineering is the most hazardous sporting activity,a runner has died in successive London marathons and numerous boys are killed every year when struck by baseballs in the US junior leagues.

Norgrove is only the third British-based boxer to die as a direct result of a fight since 1986.

At 31, the Zambian-born Norgrove became a late starter in the ring after his family moved to north London. The fight after which he lost his life was only his sixth as a professional. He passed away on Saturday night, nine days after suffering bleeding in the brain during a light-welterweight bout in the historic Ring at Blackfriars.

Green and gold: Norgrove boxed for Repton Boxing Club in Bethnal Green, east London

Green and gold: Norgrove boxed for Repton Boxing Club in Bethnal Green, east London

He was winning that contest against Drew Docherty and did not appear to have taken any significantly hard punches. But as soon as Norgrove started behaving abnormally the referee stopped the fight and called the doctors.

'Paramedics went to work immediately and an ambulance on stand-by sped Norgrove to hospital, where trauma treatment by a neuro-surgeon is reported to have commenced well inside The Golden Hour, the first 60 minutes during which brain damage can be restricted to a minimum.

If such urgent practices had been in force years earlier, it is reasonable to speculate that Michael Watson would not be in need of a wheel-chair today and Gerald McClelland would not be in a permanent vegetative state back in the US following his dramatic battle with Nigel Benn.

Unusually, and sadly, Norgrove’s condition was too severe for him to be saved. But Board general secretary Robert Smith is right to point out that their exhaustive medical examinations and the safety precautions they demand at all promotions now reduce risk to the minimum.

James Murray, after a British bantamweight title fight in Glasgow in 1995, and Steve Watt, after a defence of his Scottish welterweight title in 1986, were British boxing’s two preceding fatalities.

Angus Porter, Professional Cricketers" Association chief, reveals Tom Maynard was not tested for drugs before death

PCA chief Porter reveals Maynard wasn't tested for drugs last season before death

By
Mike Dawes

PUBLISHED:

16:57 GMT, 3 March 2013

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UPDATED:

16:57 GMT, 3 March 2013

Professional Cricketers' Association chief Angus Porter has revealed Tom Maynard was not drug tested last season before his death in June.

Maynard was killed in the early hours of June 18 after he was electrocuted and hit by a tube train near Wimbledon Park station.

Maynard had been trying to evade police after abandoning his car, and a Westminster Coroners' Court was told last week that he was four-times the legal alcohol limit to drive and that he had also taken cocaine and ecstasy on the night of the accident.

Tragic death: Tom Maynard was not tested for drugs last season

Tragic death: Tom Maynard was not tested for drugs last season

A post-mortem report also revealed the 23-year-old Surrey batsman, who was regarded as a potential England international, had used cocaine for at least three-and-a-half months.

In the wake of the findings the PCA have begun talks with the England and Wales Cricket Board to increase the levels of drug-testing – which would also include out-of-competition samples.

While Porter said Maynard's recreational drug use would have been detected under the current policy – which focuses on performance-enhancing drugs – he confirmed the batsman had not been tested last season.

'We have a drug-testing regime in cricket like those in all professional sports which is primarily focused on detecting performance-enhancing drugs for very obvious reasons,' Porter told BBC Radio Five Live.

Tribute: Maynard is remembered in the pavilion at The Oval

Tribute: Maynard is remembered in the pavilion at The Oval

He added: 'The pattern of drug use in Tom's case suggests he would have been picked up by our existing drugs programme.

'Although the use of recreational drugs outside of competition is not a breach of the anti-doping code, use in competition is a breach.

'So he would have tested for recreational drugs had he been tested in competition. Unfortunately given that is a random process he wasn't tested last year.'

Porter confirmed talks with the ECB to initiate out-of-competition testing were ongoing and that 'hair sampling' was likely to now be used to catch recreational drug users.

Shocking: A post-mortem report revealed that Maynard had been using cocaine for at least three months

Shocking: A post-mortem report revealed that Maynard had been using cocaine for at least three months

'We're in advanced discussions with the England and Wales Cricket Board about implementing a testing programme for drugs out of competition and almost certainly using hair sampling,' he said.

'As the coroner identified that gives you a longer history and a more certain test.

'We need to be clear we are talking about testing, not to catch cheats, but testing to find people who have a drugs problem.

'Therefore, it will be linked with a confidential programme of help, support, advice and if necessary treatment to get them back on the right path.'

Porter also promised to 'redouble' efforts to educate players on the issues associated with drug taking.

At the inquest: Maynard's former Surrey team-mates Jade Dernbach and Rory Hamilton-Brown (below)

At the inquest: Maynard's former Surrey team-mates Jade Dernbach and Rory Hamilton-Brown (below)

Friend: Rory Hamilton-Brown goes into the inquest

'We work very hard to make sure that all players understand both the challenges they face as professionals and also understand the risks that go with those and the issues associated with being in the public eye,' he said.

'We'll be redoubling our efforts in that respect to make sure they are educated and have access to help when they need it.

'If we are going to turn this in to a positive in any way it's that the things we are wrestling with are ones that are challenges for society at large. If we can draw attention to those challenges then that will be a good thing.'

Godfrey Chitalu, not Lionel Messi holds goal scoring record, say Zambia FA

Messi DOES NOT hold goal record, Chitalu does! Zambian FA try to ratify hitman's 107-goal season

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23:23 GMT, 19 December 2012

The Zambian FA is planning an official challenge to Lionel Messi's astonishing record of 90 goals – and counting – in a calendar year, claiming the feat does not beat Godfrey Chitalu's haul of 107 in 1972.

As the Barcelona forward continues to strive past Gerd Muller's officially recognised 40-year-old record of 85 goals, Zaf chiefs are hoping to ratify the achievements of the Kabwe Warriors striker.

FIFA do not recognise Chitalu's goals, but they say they have evidence to prove his scoring feat.

Whisked away Lionel Messi broke Gerd Muller's official scoring record - but not Godfrey Chitalu's

Whisked away Lionel Messi broke Gerd Muller's official scoring record – but not Godfrey Chitalu's

Faz spokesman Eric Mwanza told the BBC: 'We want to make it very clear that it is not a question of authenticating, or trying to verify or see if he actually scored the goals – that is not in question.'

'What is in question now is why has he not been recognised, and that is what we are looking at now.

'We are sending communication to the Secretary General of Fifa, Mr Jerome Valcke, to look again into the matter of Godfrey Chitalu.'

Chitalu, who won Zambia's
player of the year award five times, went on to coach the national team
and died alongside 29 others in the tragic plane crash in 1993 as the
team travelled to a World Cup qualifier in Senegal.

Three teenagers to be charged with manslaughter by for allegedly taking part in an attack on a linesman in Holland

Three teenagers to be charged with manslaughter after attack on a linesman in Holland

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18:33 GMT, 4 December 2012

Three teenagers will be charged with manslaughter by Dutch prosecutors for allegedly taking part in an attack on a linesman at a youth football match.

Volunteer linesman Richard Nieuwenhuizen died in hospital on Monday, a day after he was beaten and kicked by players from Amsterdam team Nieuw Sloten.

Mr Nieuwenhuizen’s son had been playing in the game, which was held in the town of Almere.

Shock: Members of the soccer club Buitenboys are briefed by board members after the death of a linesman

Shock: Members of the soccer club Buitenboys are briefed by board members after the death of a linesman

Attack: Richard Nieuwenhuizen died after being attacked by three teenagers

Attack: Richard Nieuwenhuizen died after being attacked by three teenagers

And prosecutors said the three males, two 15 and one 16, would be arraigned on Thursday on charges of manslaughter, assault and public violence. Their identities were not released.

Mr Nieuwenhuizen’s team, Buitenboys, have not announced the exact cause of his death, but Dutch TV station RTL said he had brain damage.

Mr Nieuwenhuizen left after Sunday’s match and was not aware anything was wrong. He returned to his club later that night and collapsed.

‘You can’t believe this could happen. That kids of 15 or 16 are playing football, you come to watch and see something like that,’ said Buitenboys chairman Marcel Oost.

Tribute: Flowers are left on the side of the pitch

Tribute: Flowers are left on the side of the pitch

‘He did it every week. He enjoyed doing it. He was a real football man – he was always here.’

FIFA president Sepp Blatter said in a statement he was ‘deeply shocked’ by Mr Nieuwenhuizen’s death.

‘I would like to express my sadness and distress on hearing of the death of assistant referee Richard Nieuwenhuizen,’ he said.

‘I was deeply shocked to learn of this tragic incident.

‘Football is a mirror of society and, sadly, the same ills that afflict society – in this case violence – also manifest themselves in our game.

Sadness: The whole of Dutch football is shocked by the news

Sadness: The whole of Dutch football is shocked by the news

‘Nevertheless, I remain convinced that football – through the example set by the tireless efforts of people like Mr Nieuwenhuizen – is a force for good, and we must continue use its positive example to educate people against these wrongs.’

Dutch sports minister Edith Schippers said: ‘It is absolutely terrible that something like this can happen on a Dutch sports field.’

Meanwhile, all amateur fixtures in Holland have been postponed this weekend as a mark of respect to Mr Nieuwenhuizen.

Respect: Buitenboys fly their flag at half mast

Respect: Buitenboys fly their flag at half mast

The Dutch Football Association, the KNVB, announced all amateur games this weekend have been called off while professional matches will be preceded by a minute’s silence with all players and referees involved wearing black armbands.

KNVB director of professional football Bert van Oostveen said: ‘It is inconceivable that anything like this occurs on a football field.

‘These are the volunteers that we build our sport on, that we cannot do without. Without respect, no football.

‘That is why we in professional football want to show our support in this terrible situation.

‘Our thoughts go out to the family of Richard Nieuwenhuizen.’

Ricky Hatton feels pain of defeat

Tears follow tragic mistake that turned into an ordeal for brave Hatton

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01:01 GMT, 25 November 2012

Reality dawned deep into the ninth round. A left hook to the body stripped away the layers of self-delusion.

It ended the fight and it ended the unwisely extended career of Ricky Hatton.

He finished on his knees, gulping for breath, betraying the pain.

Sad end: Ricky Hatton after being counted out

Sad end: Ricky Hatton after being counted out

The tears began to flow, and Saturday night Manchester wept with him. His face was swollen, a purple bruise consuming his right eye.

He looked a broken fighter, a brutally broken man.

Vyacheslav Senchenko, at 35 a year older than Hatton, a smooth technician yet not a notoriously heavy puncher.

Body blow: Vyacheslav Senchenko knocks Ricky Hatton out with a body shot

Body blow: Vyacheslav Senchenko knocks Ricky Hatton out with a body shot

He is not a man equipped to take out a former world champion with a single body shot.

Yet you sensed that he had simply inflicted retribution for the life that Hatton had led during his three-and-a-half years of retirement.

Cocaine, depression, alcohol abuse, wanton excess; the list is notoriously long. And they all came rushing to the surface when Senchenko threw that shot.

Hatton had given his all in the only way he knows. His timing was helplessly astray, his ability to sustain pressure was sadly reduced.

But he came forward incessantly, despite being a caricature of the fighter he used to be.

Rough and tumble: The fighters fall to the canvas

Rough and tumble: The fighters fall to the canvas

Fighters are the most self-deluding of sportsmen, yet in the abject moments of defeat, Hatton seemed to glimpse the inevitable.

'I keep picking me a*** up off the floor,' he said. 'I don't know how many times I can do it. I'm not a failure, me. I'm not a failure. I'm so sorry, so sorry.'

But the words were spoken from a face which was taking on gargoyle proportions.

Even a light-punching welterweight can inflict depressing damage, and Senchenko had revealed a craftsman's style.

Bruised and battered: Ricky Hatton after the fight

Bruised and battered: Ricky Hatton after the fight

Hatton had gone through his routine in the manner of an old music-hall artist; knowing the lines, reacting to the cues.

From the grotesque choreography of the ring walk to the all-action, fast-punching, not-a-backward-step style, he had demanded the applause of 20,000 Mancunians, many of them quite sober.

But all the time you remembered that this was the man who had swollen his body to 15 and a half stones, and had then been required to lose half of his body weight to re-enter the ring.

Of course, he had little to offer in terms of endurance and punch tolerance. And yet, the ending still held the power to shock, as his legs betrayed him and his lungs refused to suck in the air.

The end: But will Ricky Hatton consider trying to fight on

The end: But will Ricky Hatton consider trying to fight on

The flatterers were already whispering as he left the ring.

Senchenko was a tough choice for the first fight back. Perhaps an easier opponent next time, working slowly to another title shot

But it was nonsense, dangerous nonsense. The comeback was a tragic mistake, the fight a terrible ordeal.

The career is over. And Ricky Hatton knows it, better than anyone.

Patrick Collins: Let"s hope Pep Guardiola has the right answers when Roman comes calling

Let's hope Pep has the right answers when Roman comes calling

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01:45 GMT, 25 November 2012

As he watches the last leaves of autumn scuttle across Central Park, Josep Guardiola considers his options.

Does he take a cab to the Garden to
watch the Knicks play the Detroit Pistons Will he go across to Jersey
to see the Giants against the Packers

Or should he simply enjoy a lazy family lunch in his elegant apartment on the Upper West Side

Waiting game: Pep Guardiola will likely get the call at the end of the season

Waiting game: Pep Guardiola will likely get the call at the end of the season

He could, of course, jab a few buttons and watch Chelsea v Manchester City, direct from Stamford Bridge.

But having treated himself to a year's sabbatical from the game, he may resist the temptation.

In any case, City are no more than marginal figures on the European scene.

As for Chelsea, what possible interest could they hold for a serious man like Pep Guardiola

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Dismissed: Roberto Di Matteo just another Chelsea manager to be ousted

It was these two fine fellows who backed John Terry at every stage of his defence to the charge of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand.

And it was they who masterminded the club's calamitous handling of the Mark Clattenburg affair, when an honest referee was baselessly accused of racially insulting John Obi Mikel.

The complaint having been investigated and contemptuously dismissed by both the police and the FA, Chelsea concocted a noxious piece of selfjustification which concluded: 'Chelsea FC now hopes that all concerned can continue to carry out their duties without prejudice.'

If they really believe that poor Clattenburg will not become the target of vile chants the first time he makes a contentious decision, then they are as stupid as they are cynical.

The owner of the club is not stupid. But neither is he omniscient. When it comes to cultivating the good opinion of Vladimir Putin, or generating billions from the mineral assets of the old Soviet Union, then Roman Abramovich is your only man.

Yet you would need to be daft or desperate to seek his views on football.

Keeping the seat warm: Chelsea's new interim coach Rafael Benitez

Keeping the seat warm: Chelsea's new interim coach Rafael Benitez

But his are the views which prevail, whether he is championing the cause of his favoured players like Andriy Shevchenko or Fernando Torres, or selecting a stream of managers that he will ultimately fire.

In effect, he is a fan with absurdly unlimited funds. He pays the bills and sets the tone.

Thus we have a situation in which one person serves an FA ban for racial abuse and yet retains the club captaincy, while another can win the Champions League and lose his job.

That is the kind of club that Abramovich has created. Yet he knows precisely who he needs to take them forward.

Not Rafael Benitez; he has been hired at considerable expense to serve a short-term purpose.

No, the answer is the man currently enjoying the delights of New York City.

Pep Guardiola is, by common consent, the finest football coach in the world, having created a team that embodied his own ideals.

Thumbs up: Roman Abramovich moved swiftly to replace Di Matteo

Thumbs up: Roman Abramovich moved swiftly to replace Di Matteo

Barcelona have set unprecedented standards of technique and imagination. They play with a purity and flair which is frequently beautiful and occasionally irresistible.

When you employ Guardiola, you believe not only that he will bring success, but that he will endow your club with the class and style which he brought to Catalonia.

Such virtues command a fabulous price, sufficient even to tempt one as wealthy as Guardiola.

But as winter takes hold of Manhattan and the city shimmers with the glad glitter of Christmas, this civilised, cultivated individual may ask himself some fundamental questions.

Did he leave the Nou Camp merely to sprinkle some class over Stamford Bridge

Should it all go wrong, could he honestly endure the prospect of a late-night visit from Bruce and Ron

Finally, most importantly, did he really launch his mighty project and build his glorious team in order to become a billionaire's bauble in South-West London

Only Guardiola knows the answers. We trust that they will be the right ones.

QPR or Kiev There's only one winner for Harry

Harry Redknapp knows how the game is played.

The big game, the one where the winner lands the job he was after all the time.

Tiring of enforced unemployment, Harry had started to raise his profile.

Hints were dropped, ribs were nudged. Harry was available.

Last weekend, he went on Match of the Day and, with a risible show of reluctance, refused to answer the patently rehearsed question about his chances of following Mark Hughes at QPR.

Playing the game: Queens Park Rangers new manager Harry Redknapp

Playing the game: Queens Park Rangers new manager Harry Redknapp

Later, he confirmed the offer of an international post. Very lucrative. Huge challenge.

Why, his new nation might even knock England out of the World Cup.

Which would deeply offend his patriotic sensibilities but a man's gotta do what a man's gotta do. When he's the manager of Ukraine.

Ukraine! Can you imagine it Kiev is 1,618.2 miles from Bournemouth. How would Harry get home for tea

No, it was never going to happen and he knew it.

But it brought matters to a head.

Mark Hughes, pointless and apparently clueless, was suddenly out of work.

And Redknapp was manager of QPR.

We should not expect high achievement because they are a truly dreadful side.

But if it's low cunning you're after, then look no further. Harry's your man.

Knee jerk reactions: Neil Warnock

Knee jerk reactions: Neil Warnock

P.S

Since the misdeeds of minor clowns occasionally escape our attention, let's hear it for Neil Warnock, of Leeds United.

Last week, he saw his player, Luke Varney, dismissed for assaulting a Millwall opponent.

Warnock performed a series of knee-jerk responses. The Millwall player was acting. Referees didn't understand.

'You want to educate them on what's a sending-off and what isn't,' said Warnock.

Best of all: 'The game's getting soft. That's not a proper sending-off.'

The FA have charged Warnock with improper conduct.

Presumably for reinforcing the notion that certain football managers are dim, arrogant and terminally pompous.

I hope he is given an educational suspension.

Manchester United to wear black armbands in memory of murdered policewomen

Man United to wear black armbands in memory of murdered policewomen

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13:59 GMT, 19 September 2012

Sir Alex Ferguson has spoken of his sadness at the murder of the two policewomen killed in a grenade and gun attack.

His players will wear black armbands during Wednesday night's Champions League encounter with Galatasaray at Old Trafford in honour of Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes.

Pc Bone, 32, and Pc Hughes, 23, had been sent to investigate what appeared to be a routine burglary report in Hattersley, Greater Manchester, yesterday when they were attacked. Wanted fugitive Dale Cregan, 29, later handed himself into a nearby police station.

Tragedy: Tributes will be paid to the two policewomen on Wednesday night

Tragedy: Tributes will be paid to the two policewomen at Old Trafford on Wednesday night; below, flowers are left near the scene of the murders

Tragedy: Tributes will be paid to the two policewomen at Old Trafford on Wednesday night; below, flowers are left near the scene of the murders

Ferguson said: 'We are all deeply saddened by the tragic loss of two young policewomen protecting our community.

'Fiona and Nicola were highly valued members of Greater Manchester Police and the local community.

'Our thoughts and prayers are now with their families and friends at this devastatingly sad time.'

Cregan has been arrested and is being questioned by police.

Hillsborough tribute from Sunderland ahead of Liverpool game

Sunderland fly flags at half-mast for Liverpool game in Hillsborough tribute

By
Sportsmail Reporter

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11:12 GMT, 15 September 2012

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UPDATED:

11:12 GMT, 15 September 2012

Flags at Sunderland's Stadium of Light will fly at half-mast today as a mark of respect to those who died at Hillsborough.

The Black Cats host Liverpool in the Barclays Premier League at the end of a week during which a damning independent report into the tragedy was published.

Tribute: Sunderland will will their flags at half-mast in respect to their opponents Liverpool

Tribute: Sunderland will will their flags at half-mast in respect to their opponents Liverpool

Sunderland chief executive Margaret Byrne said: 'We recognise and respect the significance of this week for fans and our friends and colleagues at Liverpool Football Club.

'The Hillsborough tragedy had a profound effect on football as a whole and the thoughts of everyone at Sunderland are with all of those affected by the tragic events of April 15, 1989.'

John McCarthy death: Port Adelaide Power footballer dies in Las Vegas

Tragedy strikes Aussie Rules as star McCarthy is found dead outside Las Vegas hotel

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09:12 GMT, 10 September 2012


Tragedy: McCarthy was pronounced dead on Sunday

Tragedy: McCarthy was pronounced dead on Sunday

Australian Football League side Port Adelaide have confirmed the death of midfielder John McCarthy in Las Vegas.

McCarthy, who played 21 matches for the Power in 2012 after leaving Collingwood 12 months ago in search of greater opportunities, was in the Nevada city on an end-of-season trip with his team-mates.

Port Adelaide chief executive Keith Thomas told a news conference that, although details remain sketchy, he understood McCarthy fell from a building in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The other players in the travelling party – Travis Boak, Matthew Broadbent, Alipate Carlile, Brett Ebert, Hamish Hartlett, Tom Logan, Andrew Moore, Paul Stewart, Jackson Trengove and Justin Westhoff – are to return home to Australia.

'John embraced Port Adelaide and we embraced him, and we are deeply shocked and saddened by his passing,' Thomas said.

'He was a very popular player among his team-mates and our supporters. John played 21 of 22 games this season for Port Adelaide and was a valued member of our team who quickly won the respect and friendship of us all.

'He will be greatly missed by everyone at
Port Adelaide and we extend our sympathies to his parents Shane and
Cath, his brother Matt, sisters Frances, Elizabeth and Jane, his
girlfriend Dani and his extended family and network of friends.'

Prospect: McCarthy was only 22 years old

Prospect: McCarthy was only 22 years old

McCarthy, who played 18 games for the Magpies in four seasons after debuting in 2008, was just 22.

Collingwood players will wear black armbands in Saturday night's clash against West Coast as a sign of respect to McCarthy.

'This tragic news has come as a shock to everyone at the Collingwood Football Club,' Collingwood president Eddie McGuire said.

'John was an exceptional young man in the prime of his life with the whole world ahead of him.

'We are devastated to hear of his passing, and our hearts go out to his loving parents Shane and Catherine, his family and friends.

'We are proud that John wore the black and white jumper and his contribution to our club will never be forgotten.'

McCarthy's father, Shane, played three matches for Geelong in 1970 and '71 while his brother Matthew played 22 matches for the Cats between 2003 and '06.

Gary Speed mum believes footballer"s career contributed to tragic death

Speed's mum believes footballer's career contributed to his tragic death

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09:11 GMT, 10 September 2012

Gary Speed's mum is convinced her son would not have killed himself if he hadn't been a footballer.

The Wales manager's death shocked the sporting world when he was tragically found dead last November.

And his parents have spoken out for the first time about struggling to come to terms with his death.

Pain: Gary Speed's mum (right) thinks football contributed to her son's death

Pain: Gary Speed's mum (right) thinks football contributed to her son's death

'It’s been absolutely horrendous,' Speed's mum Carol told the Wales on Sunday.

'We’ve got no answers and we don’t know why.

'He was such a private man. If we had some answers we could perhaps come to terms with it a little bit, but we haven’t got any.'

Speed was only 42 when he died and Carol believes his career played its part.

'I wish he’d been a postman,' she added. 'He had a good life, but a short life. If he’d been a postman none of this would have happened.'

Tragic: Gary Speed was found hanged in his garage last November

Tragic: Gary Speed was found hanged in his garage last November

Speed's dad Roger said he had found comfort in helping Gary's sons Ed, 15, and Tommy, 14, in their fledgling careers.

'I’m taking the lads to football and that’s helping me a hell of a lot. Ed’s at Wrexham and he’s playing for Wales under-16s so I’m pretty well occupied,' he said.

'It’s bringing back memories of when I used to do it with Gary and that’s helping me, but Carol’s got nothing to help her come along. She’s really struggling.'

On Sunday, Cardiff City striker Craig Bellamy revealed he has been going through the 'worst time in his life' since Speed died.

Struggling: Craig Bellamy (centre) with Speed's sons Ed (left) and Tommy

Struggling: Craig Bellamy (centre) with Speed's sons Ed (left) and Tommy

The former Liverpool and Manchester City striker, 33, told the Sunday Mirror he has moved out of the marital home he shared with wife Claire and their three children.

He said: 'Losing my best mate has affected everything. I can't believe how hard it is.

'He was the best mate I've ever had. It's sad but unfortunately it got to my marriage. I'm here and she's there.

'I don't know if that's it for us. All I know is that my best mate has gone. I'm struggling. I can't lie.'