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Attack victim was footballer Leon Clarke's father

Darel Clarke Image copyright West Midlands Police handout
Image caption Darel Clarke was injured in the beer garden or smoking area at The Boat pub in Wednesfield

A man who died after suffering head injuries in an attack on New Year's Eve has been named as the father of Bury and ex-Wolves striker Leon Clarke.

Darel Clarke, 50, died in hospital on Saturday after being injured in an incident at The Boat pub in Wednesfield, West Midlands.

He then went to the nearby Royal Tiger pub where an ambulance was called. A murder inquiry is under way.

Leon Clarke, 30, has also played for Coventry and Sheffield Wednesday.

'Deepest sympathies'

In a statement Bury FC said it was aware of "an incident over the weekend which brought about Mr Clarke's death".

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Image caption Leon Clarke's (pictured left) club Bury has extended its deepest sympathies to his family

"As a club we extend our deepest sympathies towards Leon and the Clarke family," the statement said.

"Leon will be allowed the time to grieve and will receive the full support of everyone at the football club during this difficult time."

Wolves also paid tribute, saying: "Leon came through the Wolves Academy from a young age, later returning to the club, and everyone's thoughts are with him and his family.

A 22-year-old man has been arrested and bailed over the incident. Police are appealing for witnesses to contact them.

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Image caption A 22-year-old man has been arrested and released on bail in connection with the incident

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