SPORT

Newcastle Manager Alan Pardew Attends Flight MH17 Victim's Funeral

21/08/2014 10:33 BST | Updated 21/08/2014 10:59 BST

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew and club captain Fabricio Coloccini attended the funeral of supporter Liam Sweeney, the first British victim to be identified from the wreckage of Flight MH17.

Family and friends arrived under gloomy skies to commemorate the life of the 28-year-old, who had been travelling to New Zealand to watch the Magpies play.

Mourners were joined at St Mary's Cathedral by Newcastle managing director Lee Charnley and assistant manager John Carver. Pictures inside the order of service showed Mr Sweeney when he was a boy and in his Newcastle kit.

mh17 liam sweeney funeral

Newcastle paid tribute to Sweeney and Alder against Manchester City on Sunday

After the crash hundreds of tributes and flowers were left outside St James' Park for Mr Sweeney and John Alder, a fellow supporter who had been travelling on the doomed flight with him.

On Sunday family members of both families laid flowers in the centre circle of the stadium and a minute's silence was held before the home game against Manchester City kicked off.