Reina offers condolences after Reyes passing

first_imgPepe Reina has offered condolences to the family of his former Spain team-mate Jose Antonio Reyes, who died on Saturday.Former Spain, Sevilla and Arsenal star Reyes was killed in a traffic accident at the age of just 35.Tributes have been offered from across the footballing world since Sevilla confirmed the news of his passing just hours before the Champions League final in the Spanish capital, where Reyes spent five years as a player for Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? AC Milan goalkeeper Reina, a former team-mate of Reyes with Spain, described it as a “difficult day”.He told Omnisport in Madrid: “It is a sad day. It is something that you cannot expect – 35 years old. Suddenly, you find yourself in this situation.”My condolences for the family, for his friends…it’s just a difficult day.”The experience of 2006 in Germany [at the World Cup] seems like it was yesterday, to be there with his wife and new-born son. Life is like this, and you have to enjoy it while you can.”Everyone at UEFA is shocked & hugely saddened to learn that José Antonio Reyes has died aged 35.A Spanish international with 5 @EuropaLeague titles, Reyes will be sorely missed by the football world.Our thoughts are with his family & friends at this terrible time. pic.twitter.com/EW4btJ9Vf9— UEFA (@UEFA) June 1, 2019Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez also expressed his sadness at the news.”My condolences to the family. You cannot say too much. It is sad news for sure,” he told reporters in Madrid.There will be a moment’s silence before kick-off of the Champions League final as a mark of respect for Reyes. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Final fringe event held at Conservative Party Conference

SMMT hosted a lunch event at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham that focused on the need for an industrial strategy to boost UK competitiveness. SMMT representatives met Conservative MPs, MEPs, London Assembly Members, policy advisors and councillors. SMMT Chief Executive Paul Everitt opened the lunch, speaking on behalf of the motor industry, outlining SMMT’s recently launched industrial strategy paper that was used to focus discussion on government-led policies to ensure continued investment in the manufacturing industries.Gavin Williamson MP, PPS to Patrick McLoughlin as Secretary of State for Transport, was the keynote speaker, reflecting on an earlier speech by the Transport Secretary who spoke of government’s commitment to motoring and economic growth. Mr Williamson also expressed his personal experience and perspective on the automotive sector where Jaguar Land Rover is an important company in his South Staffordshire constituency.Today’s Conservative lunch was the last of the three Party Conference fringe events hosted by SMMT, as the industry body continues its high-level engagement with key politicians and stakeholders. Click through to find out more about discussions held the Liberal Democrat Conference and the Labour Party Conference.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more