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Blues sign Fabbrini on permanent deal

Diego Fabbrini playing for Birmingham City in April 2015 Credit: Nigel French / EMPICS Sport

Birmingham City have completed the permanent signing of Italian midfielder Diego Fabbrini.

The 25-year-old joins Blues from Premier League side Watford in a £1.5 million deal on a three-and-a-half year contract.

Fabbrini returns to St.Andrews following a successful loan period with the side last season.

The Italian first joined Blues on an emergency loan in late March 2015 and made five appearances.

Most recently, the midfielder has been on loan at Middlesbrough where he made a total of 26 appearances and scored six goals.

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Teenagers arrested over alleged attack on football fans

Police made the arrests this weekend Credit: PA

Thirteen people have been arrested this weekend after a fight allegedly broke out before a match between Birmingham City and Derby County earlier this month.

Police were called to the Royal Telegraph on London Road in Derby just after midday on Saturday, January 16,

It followed reports that Birmingham City fans had been assaulted by a large group of people in the beer garden.

The people arrested are all male teenagers, aged between 14 and 19 and from Derbyshire. They have been released on bail while the inquiry continues.

Police are also appealing for witnesses after a family’s silver car was attacked at 4.45pm that day in Derwent Parade.

The driver gave way to some football fans crossing the road. As they did so, one man hit the bonnet of the car.

The driver got out of his car and challenged the man and an altercation took place which ended in the man falling to the ground.

The driver’s wife was threatened by the group and one of the crowd kicked the car. Another fan hit the windscreen of the car causing the glass to break.

Former Northampton and Birmingham defender John Roberts dies aged 69

John Roberts when he played for Arsenal in 1969 Credit: PA Archive

Double winner John Roberts has died at the age of 69, his former club Arsenal have announced.

The defender played for Northampton Town between 1967 - 1969 before joining Arsenal and played for Birmingham City between 1972 - 1976.

In all, Roberts made 62 appearances for Northampton and 66 for Birmingham.

He went on to play for Wrexham and Hull before retiring in the early 1980s.

Abercynon-born Roberts won 22 international caps and was part of the Wales squad which reached the quarter-finals of the 1976 European Championship.

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Birmingham City lobbying 'at the highest level' for more Capital One Cup tickets

Birmingham City have said the Club made 'strong representation at the highest level to lobby for the additional Capital One Cup allocation'.

Their statement followed the announcement that the Blues will receive just 2800 tickets for their Capital One Cup third round tie at Villa Park.

The clash is taking place on the 22nd September at Villa Park, which can accommodate more than forty thousand fans.

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