Body of Newcastle fan John Alder identified in Holland

The Foreign Office has confirmed that the body of Newcastle United fan John Alder, who died when flight MH17 came down over Ukraine, has now been formally identified.

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Body of Newcastle fan John Alder identified in Holland

John Alder Credit: Family photo

The Foreign Office has confirmed that the body of Newcastle United fan John Alder, who died when flight MH17 came down over Ukraine, has now been formally identified.

He died last month alongside fellow fan Liam Sweeney.

They were on their way to a pre-season friendly in New Zealand.

We can confirm positive identification of another British victim of flight MH17, John Alder. His family has been informed and our thoughts are with them at this difficult time. We continue to provide consular assistance to the family.

– Foreign Office spokeswoman
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