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New fight for justice over Leeds United fan killings

Chris Loftus and Kevin Speight
A minute's silence was held in memory of the men

The families of two Leeds United fans murdered in Istanbul nearly 10 years ago have begun a new appeal to get justice for the men.

Chris Loftus and Kevin Speight were stabbed in the Turkish city on the eve of United's Uefa Cup semi-final against local side Galatasaray on 5 April 2000.

No one has ever been brought to justice for the killings.

The new appeal coincided with a match day tribute at Elland Road on Saturday to remember the men.

The families are to meet Leeds MP Fabian Hamilton on Monday to commemorate their relatives and press the government and police to do more to see justice is done.

Charity appeal

Mr Loftus's brother Andy said: "It's just been a nightmare."

He added: "It's affected us quite badly. I've got children that occupy my time but my mother and father, they're retired now and this is all they ever think about."

A minute's silence was held before Saturday's home match against Swindon Town.

Families and friends of Mr Loftus and Mr Speight have also started an appeal to raise money in their memory for Leeds-based cancer charity Candlelighters.

A collection was held in aid of the charity at the game.

It was to be followed by a gala dinner at the club which will raise funds for the appeal.

Ahead of Saturday's match Leeds United manager Simon Grayson said: "It will be an emotive occasion.

"This really puts things into perspective when you remember that these two lads died going to watch a football match.

"Words and actions are difficult, but I hope Saturday will be a fitting tribute to their memory."

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