Cambridge United fan Simon Dobbin dies five years after attack which left him brain-damaged

A Cambridge United fan who was left permanently brain-damaged after he was assaulted by a group of rival supporters has died five years after the attack.

Simon Dobbin was set upon by a gang of Southend United fans after watching his team play the Shrimpers in Southend in March 2015.

He spent a year in hospital after being hit and stamped on repeatedly, and couldn't walk or talk following the incident.

Thirteen men were convicted for the roles in the assault or Mr Dobbin, with 12 going to prison, but the majority have now been released.

In a Tweet posted on Wednesday afternoon, Cambridge United confirmed that Mr Dobbin had passed away at his home in Mildenhall earlier that morning.

Cambridge also asked fans to leave messages of condolence for Mr Dobbin's family.

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Mr Dobbin's wife, Nicole, has previously called for those involved in public violence incidents to face harsher sentences.

In a statement, Mrs Dobbin told ITV News Anglia that her husband "will forever be in her heart."

Simon was cared for at home by hie wife Nicole. Credit: Facebook/Family photo

Today I lost my gentle giant, words cannot express the loss I’m feeling.

Nicole Dobbin, Simon's wife

"I’m thankful for the fantastic memories I have, he fought so very hard to be with his family," she said.

"Sadly his heart wasn’t strong enough, but he is now at peace and will be forever in my heart."

The family featured in a recent series of BBC TV programme 'DIY SOS' and Mr Dobbin's story has touched football fans across the world.