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Jose Antonio Reyes’ funeral held in home town of Utrera, Spain

Reyes coffin is carried out of the Santa Maria de Mesa church in Utrera on Monday

The funeral of former Arsenal winger Jose Antonio Reyes has been held in his home town of Utrera, Seville.

The former Sevilla captain died in a car crash aged 35 on Saturday, while a relative was also killed.

The ex-Spain international’s coffin was taken to Sevilla’s Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan stadium on Sunday where it was visited by more than 11,000 fans.

Later that night, thousands outside the stadium paid their respects as the coffin made its journey to Utrera.

His coffin spent Sunday night in Utrera’s town hall, where according to Sevilla, “he spent the whole night accompanied by family and friends”.

The funeral took place at the nearby Santa Maria de Mesa and his coffin was draped in the Sevilla flag.

He started his career at the La Liga side as a youth player in 1994, making his first-team debut in the 1999-2000 season.

Reyes joined the Gunners from Sevilla in January 2004 and was part of the ‘Invincibles’ side that went through the 2003-04 season unbeaten, winning the Premier League.

He later spent a season on loan at Real Madrid in 2006-07, winning the Spanish title. After leaving Arsenal in 2007 he joined Atletico Madrid and then returned to Sevilla for a second spell in 2016.

The five-time Europa League winner had been playing for Spanish second division side Extremadura this season.

Reyes’ coffin is carried into the church
Relatives and friends march behind a hearse carrying Reyes’ coffin
Francisco Reyes (centre) is helped as he attends the funeral for his son
Thousands of fans queued at Sevilla’s stadium to pay tribute to their former captain
Reyes’ coffin spent four hours at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan stadium on Sunday afternoon
Fans remained outside the stadium on Sunday night as the coffin was taken to Utrera

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