Arthur Labinjo-Hughes: Birmingham City pay tribute to murdered six-year-old fan | Football News

Birmingham City fans gathered to march in memory of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes ahead of their home game against Cardiff City on Saturday.

Fans crossed the city to St Andrew’s chanting the name of the six-year-old before placing wreaths and flowers at the stadium.

A period of applause also took place in the sixth minute of the Championship game, the club’s first home game since the murderers of the murdered schoolboy were jailed.

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Birmingham City and Cardiff City players and fans pause for a minute of applause in memory of six-year-old Arthur Labinjo-Hughes at St Andrew’s

Arthur died of an “unsustainable” brain injury at the hands of Emma Tustin following a campaign of “evil” abuse by him and his father, Thomas Hughes, in Solihull last year.

The couple were convicted of murder and manslaughter respectively in Coventry Crown Court on 3 December.

Birmingham City announced on Friday that they have renamed their family zone Arthur’s Area, “a fun-filled space for young fans to enjoy before kick-off”.

The club has also reached out to a local stencil artist called Disney to decorate the newly renamed area, which will have information points installed by local children’s charities to help tackle child abuse.

A club statement read: “Arthur’s enduring image, shared on social media and used by a number of news outlets in recent weeks, depicts a smiling, happy boy wearing a Blues jersey, and we as a club are there. we will strive to keep that memory. live forever in people’s hearts and minds “.

Birmingham City also revealed that plans are underway to create an Arthur memorial garden at St Andrew’s, with projects to be shared with supporters once finalized.

The match schedule for the Cardiff match featured Arthur on the cover, with £ 1 from every sale going to children’s charities in Birmingham.

West Midlands Mayor Andy Street tweeted: “It speaks volumes about our city and region how everyone has come together in the face of this tragedy and pain.”

Several clubs from across English football have come together to remember Arthur before and during last weekend’s matches.

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