Tributes After England Mascot Stabbed In Greece
PRESS ASSOCIATION -- A former England football mascot stabbed to death during an altercation with two Greek taxi drivers on Zakynthos was enjoying his first "lads" holiday abroad, his family has revealed.
Robert Sebbage, 18, died in the early hours of Wednesday after the incident at the island's popular Lagana resort. The two Greek drivers have been arrested and detained, local police said.
Four injured Britons are being treated in hospital for injuries that are not life-threatening.
They have been named in reports as Mr Sebbage's school friends Jordan Manson, who was left with serious knife wounds,
Samuel Champion, Steven Granston and Callum Lane, all 18. All were former pupils of Hurst Community College in North Hampshire.
One Greek news website said Mr Sebbage had been with his friends outside a nightclub when an argument started with the taxi drivers. Reports have said the incident followed a laser pen being aimed at the drivers.
Another website reported that one of the drivers said after the incident: "I was annoyed because the young British tourists bothered us with lasers."
A statement released on behalf of the Sebbage family by Hampshire Police said: "All these young men are very close friends.
They are simply just a bunch of nice lads and this is their first holiday abroad and they had all gone just to enjoy themselves."
Hampshire Police said they were liaising with the Sebbage family on behalf of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
The family requested that they and the other be left alone by the media, adding: "Those lads that will be returning home ask that they be left alone to recover from their injuries and grieve the loss of a friend."
The two suspects were due to appear before a magistrate on the Greek island. A 21-year-old is facing a murder charge and his 25-year-old colleague is charged with complicity to commit murder.