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Dalian Atkinson: Police officer charged with footballer murder

Dalian Atkinson
Dalian Atkinson played for Aston Villa, Ipswich Town and Sheffield Wednesday

A police officer has been charged with the murder of retired footballer Dalian Atkinson who died after being Tasered.

Relatives said the footballer was suffering from a number of health issues and had a weak heart when the Taser was deployed.

Mr Atkinson started his career at Ipswich Town before moving to Sheffield Wednesday, Real Sociedad, Aston Villa and Fenerbahçe in Turkey.

He is best remembered for scoring the Match of the Day goal of the season in 1992-93 when he dribbled the ball from inside his own half before chipping the Wimbledon keeper from the edge of the penalty area.

Dalian Atkinson’s goal of the season

In a statement, West Mercia Police said: “Our thoughts continue to remain with the family and friends of Dalian Atkinson at this difficult time”.

Chief Constable Anthony Bangham said it would not be appropriate to comment on the circumstances around Mr Atkinson’s death, but added he would ensure the officers in question “have the appropriate support throughout the forthcoming criminal justice process”.

The IOPC said it appreciates the “patience” shown during their investigation, which concluded in October 2018.

A actions of a third police officer, who was also investigated over Mr Atkinson’s death, were not referred to the CPS, the watchdog added.

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Dalian Atkinson’s career

Dalian Atkinson
  • Dalian Atkinson started his footballing career as an apprentice with Ipswich
  • He signed for Sheffield Wednesday for £450,000 in 1989
  • His sole international appearance was with the England B team in 1990, against Ireland
  • In August 1990 Atkinson moved to Spain, joining Real Sociedad for £1.7m
  • Ron Atkinson signed him for a second time in July 1991 – bringing him back to England to play for Aston Villa
  • His strike against Wimbledon was named the goal of the 1992-93 season
  • Atkinson joined Turkish side Fenerbahçe in 1995, but failed to settle
  • He later played for Manchester City as well as clubs in Saudi Arabia and South Korea

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