MH17 victim Liam Sweeney was a "gentle giant who never had a smile off his face," hundreds of mourners gathered at his funeral heard.
Mr Sweeney was on his way to watch his beloved Newcastle United play in New Zealand when he died. A Newcastle United scarf and shirt was placed on his coffin as a sign of his commitment to the team.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew and the team's captain Fabricio Coloccini turned out to pay their respects.
A tearful rendition of a poem was read out in the cathedral, which included the words: "If the Toon were playing you were there, win or lose through bad and good, Newcastle United were in your blood."
Malaysia Airlines, who owned the plane Liam died on, also sent a floral tribute to the funeral which read "with our heartfelt condolences".
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