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01st Jun 2019

A minute’s silence to be held for Jose Antonio Reyes before Champions League final

Simon Lloyd

Tragic news

There will be a minute’s silence held in memory of Jose Antonio Reyes before Saturday night’s Champions League final in Madrid.

A statement posted by Sevilla, where he made his first appearance as a 16-year-old, confirmed that Reyes had died following a traffic accident in Utreta on Saturday. He was just 35 years of age.

“We couldn’t be confirming worse news,” the statement read. “Beloved Sevilla star José Antonio Reyes has died in a traffic collision. Rest in peace.”


Reyes, who played for Arsenal between January 2004 and 2007, also spent time with Madrid’s two most prominent sides, joining Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2007 and spending the previous campaign on loan at Real.

He left the Spanish capital to return to Sevilla in 2012, spending four years back at the club before spells at Espanyol, Cordoba and Chinese club, Xinjiang Tianshan Leopard FC. He had returned to Spain in January, joining Segunda Division side, Extremadura.

Following the tragic news, Uefa have now confirmed Reyes will be remembered ahead of the game between Liverpool and Tottenham, which will be played in Atletico’s Wanda Metropolitano stadium.