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Last Updated: Tuesday, 17 April 2007, 18:07 GMT 19:07 UK
Man dies at son's football match
An Edinburgh father died after collapsing on the touchline while watching his son play in the semi-final of a football tournament.

Charles Bremner, 43, had travelled to Holland to watch his son Conor's football team.

The father-of-three died at the scene with a suspected heart attack.

He collapsed on Easter Sunday while Leith Athletic Under-14's team was playing in a junior tournament in Breda, Holland.

The whole family are devastated and it is a terrible time for Michelle and the kids
Mr Bremner's sister-in-law Julie

The construction worker from Edinburgh had travelled to watch his 13-year-old son compete in the Jeka Breda tournament.

The team reached the semi-finals of the tournament and were playing the second half of the match when he collapsed.

He was taken by ambulance to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The team abandoned the semi-final match and returned home the next morning, a day early.

Mr Bremner's wife Michelle, and twin nine-year-old daughters Rosie and Ellie, had not travelled on the trip.

Tragic death

The family declined to comment, but Mr Bremner's sister-in-law Julie said: "The whole family are devastated and it is a terrible time for Michelle and the kids."

Colin Tomassi, a coach and committee member for Leith Athletic, said: "The kids were all very upset, but I don't think they found out Charlie had died until the day after.

"Charlie was a really popular guy with all the parents and the kids. It was a tragic death and we are all devastated.

"Our thoughts are with Charlie's family."

Mr Bremner worked for building firm Rydale Ltd in Edinburgh and had been a member of Silverknowes Golf Club for 30 years.

George Craig, a senior member of the club, said: "He always had a smile for everybody, and we were all shocked to hear about his death."


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