Spain: Funeral of footballer Reyes celebrated in Andalusia

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Hundreds of people attended Monday funeral of footballer José Antonio Reyes, celebrated in a church of Utrera, his hometown in Andalusia. The coffin of the former Spanish international (21 selections) of 35 years was covered with a flag of Sevilla FC, his training club.

A five-time winner of the Europa League (formerly the UEFA Cup), the player finished a rich career at UD Extremadura in the Spanish second division that led him to Arsenal and Real Madrid, among others. A tribute was paid Sunday in Seville, during a funeral at the Sanchez-Pizjuan stadium of Seville FC, club where he made his professional debut at 16.

The hypothesis of a puncture at more than 230 km / h

José Antonio Reyes died Saturday in an accident on the highway linking Utrera to Seville. His cousin Jonathan also lost his life and a third passenger was still hospitalized Monday morning, according to the Civil Guard. According to preliminary elements of the survey published in the Spanish press, a speeding would be at the origin of the fatal accident.

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According to the local newspaper Diario de Sevilla, the player drove his Mercedes Brabus S550 at over 200 km / h when he left the road. The sports daily Mundo Deportivo, which quotes a document of the Civil Guard, assures for its part that it went to 237 km / h. According to Mundo Deportivo, a puncture would have made him lose control of the vehicle.

On the day of the tragedy, former Spanish international Santiago Cañizares caught a volley of criticism pointing to Twitter's possible responsibility for the accident. "Speeding is a reprehensible attitude. In the accident, there were victims in addition to the driver. Reyes does not deserve to be paid tribute as a hero, "wrote the former guardian of Roja, reconverted consulting for Spanish media. He then went back on his statement, admitting that the missing player deserved a tribute for his contribution to football.

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