Big matches mean nothing when lives are at stake – Celtic’s Ledley

Celtic winger Joe Ledley says there are more important things in life than football following the tragic death of a Wales and Cardiff City fan.

Michael Dye died at 44 years of age when hos head hit the ground following an altercation outside Wembley Stadium before the England v Wales game on Tuesday night and Ledley has taken time out to think about the incident which has affected many lives.

Ledley’s wife Ruby is friends with the daughter of the deceased and ahead of this week’s big clashes against Atletico Madrid and Rangers, the tragedy has made the ex-Cardiff star sit up and take notice.

"We're talking about the big week Celtic have — Atletico Mardid and then Rangers — but in the grand scheme of things it means nothing,” he said.

"When you're talking about someone losing their life then that puts things into perspective.

"It was sickening news, especially for his family, who expected him to go the game and then come home.

"But he hasn't come home.

"It's made all the worse for me because my missus, Ruby, was good mates with his daughter so she's really taken it quite badly. It's so hard to get over for everyone.

"It's sickening what's happened and my thoughts go out to his family — I know he was a Cardiff City fan as well. His family live not too far from where I lived in Wales.

"We don't want to see that in football. It's a disgrace. Hopefully his family are able to recover.

"It just shouldn't happen. It's outrageous. Everyone knows about it and it's hit Welsh football hard. I just hope something can be done about it."

 
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