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German goalkeeper Bert Trautmann, who played the last 17 minutes of the 1954 FA Cup final for Manchester City with a broken neck, has died at his home in La Llosa, Spain.
Manchester City Football Club have expressed their sadness at the death of former goalkeeper Bert Trautmann.
City paid tribute to "one of their greatest players of all time" in a statement on their website:
"Bert Trautmann, one of the greatest Manchester City goalkeepers of all time and a true Club legend, has passed away aged 89 his son has today confirmed.
"Bert will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him and the football world in general.
"A true legend in the true sense of the word and a wonderful ambassador for not only his country, but Manchester City Football Club."
German FA president Wolfgang Niersbach has paid tribute to goalkeeper Bert Trautmann, who has died aged 89:
– Wolfgang Niersbach
Bert Trautmann was an amazing sportsman and a true gentleman.
He went to England as a soldier, and thus a war enemy, and he became a celebrated hero there. He was a legend.
His extraordinary career will remain forever in the history books.
Born in Germany in 1923, Bert Trautmann served as a paratrooper for the Nazis during World War II before being captured as a prisoner of war.
Over 20,000 Manchester City fans protested against his signing in 1947 with the memories of war still fresh.
The former keeper was revered for his performance for Manchester City in the 1956 FA Cup final after playing the final 17 minutes with a broken neck.
By the time his testimonial arrived in 1962, 47,000 fans turned up to pay tribute to the German goalkeeper.
Former Germany and Manchester City goalkeeper Bert Trautmann has died at the age of 89, the German Football Association announced.
Police said Meppen-Walter was "erroneously released" from prison yesterday. He was visited by police officers at his home address last night and, once officially informed of the mistake, voluntarily returned to prison in Lancaster, where he will now serve the remainder of his sentence.
– Police Sergeant Danny Byrne
Officers visited Meppen-Walter's address last night and returned him back to prison in Lancaster.
We are speaking to the family of the victims involved in this case to keep them updated with what has happened and our thoughts continue to be with them at this difficult time.
A footballer who killed two people in a car crash and was released from jail by mistake is back in custody, police said.
Ex-Manchester City youth player and England Under-18 captain Courtney Meppen-Walter walked free from prison yesterday after serving just a quarter of his 16-month sentence.
Greater Manchester Police was informed by the Prison Service of the mistake and efforts were made to return the 18-year-old to custody.
A police spokesman confirmed that the player was back behind bars this morning.
Solicitors representing the widow of a man killed in a crash with ex-Manchester City youth player Courtney Meppen-Walter said she has been caused 'distress and trauma' by his mistaken early release.
– Deirdre Healy Pannone solcitors
It is astounding that mistakes like this happen. It almost compounds the error.
It's put our client through even more distress and trauma - as if she wasn't distressed and traumatised enough - to realise mistakes like this will happen.
Kushwant is the widow of Kulwant Singh, 32, from Salford, who was killed with his sister, front-seat passenger Ravel Kaur, 37, from Cheetham Hill, Manchester.
A Prison Service spokesman said ex-Manchester City youth player Courtney Meppen-Walter was released "in error" and added that such incidents are taken "extremely seriously".
– Prison Service spokesman
Police have been informed after a prisoner was released in error on Monday July 1 to ensure he is promptly returned to custody.
Releases in error are very rare and we take any incident extremely seriously. An investigation will take place into the circumstances that led to this release.
Meppen-Walter wept in court when he was jailed at Manchester Crown Court on February 28.
An inquiry was under way tonight after it emerged a footballer who killed two people in a car crash was released from jail by mistake.
Ex-Man City youth player and England under-18 captain Courtney Meppen-Walter walked free from prison today, just a quarter of the way into a 16-month sentence.
Greater Manchester Police has been informed by the Prison Service of the gaffe and efforts are being made to return the 18-year-old to custody.
Earlier, the widow of one of Meppen-Walter's victims said she was "devastated" to learn that the footballer was at liberty.