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Andrew Feather death: Tributes after Halifax Liquid nightclub killing

Andrew Feather Image copyright West Yorkshire Police
Image caption Andrew Feather was described as a "true gentleman"

Tributes have been paid to a rugby union player who was killed in a Halifax nightclub.

Andrew Feather, who played for Halifax RUFC, had been out celebrating a match victory with teammates when he was punched at Liquid on Commercial Street.

Rugby club chairman Graham Smith said 38-year-old Mr Feather was a "loyal member who was held in high regard".

West Yorkshire Police said a 25-year-old man was arrested in Huddersfield earlier on suspicion of manslaughter.

Mr Smith said Mr Feather had been with the rugby club for more than 10 years and had been club secretary for a year.

'Great spirits'

He had been playing with the second team, the Dukes, on Saturday and was out with fellow players when he was hit during an incident in the nightclub at about 02.20 GMT on Sunday.

Mr Smith said: "We'd had a good day on Saturday, both teams had won and I spoke to Andy after the game and he was in great spirits.

"As a club, we're devastated by what has happened."

Darren Emmerson, friend and fellow player, said: "He was a really warm guy, a true gentleman.

"He was well liked by everybody - I don't know of any enemies Andy had."

Club coach Mark Walton said as a mark of respect all training had been cancelled at the club this week.

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