Dalian Atkinson Taser Death: Aston Villa Supporters Trust Director pays tribute

Director of Aston Villa Supporters Trust pays tribute to Dalian Atkinson after taser death

Dalian Atkinson died after being tasered in an incident with the police

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

The head of the Aston Villa Supporters Trust has paid tribute to Dalian Atkinson, who died after being tasered during an incident with police on Monday morning.

The former Villa star was tasered at around 1:30 on Monday morning in Telford, Shropshire by officers who had been called to the scene after a call of concern for a man's safety.

A witness descibed the former footballer dropping to the ground 'like a lead balloon'. Atkinson was rushed to hospital, but went into cardiac arrest on the way and died around 3:00 in the morning. 

Howard Hodgson told talkRADIO how talented Atkinson was, telling Jonny Gould: "It's all very mysterious at the moment, this incident. Whatever's happened to him since his playing days, I just want to remember the happy memories he gave us in a Villa shirt.

"He had all of the talent in the world. He was fragile physically, but when things clicked, he was right up there with some of the most talented players. 

"We've got some fantastic memories of him in a Villa shirt. I'll always be grateful to Dalian for that. 

"Thank you, big man. Rest in peace."