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Body of second football fan killed on flight MH17 identified

The body of a second football fan who was killed in the MH17 disaster has been identified, the Foreign Office said.

Newcastle United super fan John Alder, 63, was travelling to New Zealand with his friend Liam Sweeney, 28, to watch their team play pre-season friendlies when the Malaysia Airlines flight was shot down in the Ukraine five weeks ago.

The crash claimed the lives of all 298 people on board.

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Killed Newcastle fan 'only missed one match in 50 years'

The body of John Alder, who was killed in the MH17 disaster, has been formally identified.

Tribute to the Newcastle United fans Liam Sweeney and John Alder who died in the MH17 disaster. Credit: PA

The life-long Newcastle United supporter had reportedly only missed one match in 50 years. Mr Alder was known as the Undertaker among the fans "because he always wore a black suit and white shirt to every match", his neighbour said.

The 63-year-old from Gateshead was travelling with Liam Sweeney, 28, to watch Newcastle United play in New Zealand.

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