Ipswich Town and Aston Villa to pay tribute to retired striker Dalian Atkinson today

SPORT Dalian Atkinson receives the match ball after scoring a hat-trick v Middlesborough in April 1

SPORT Dalian Atkinson receives the match ball after scoring a hat-trick v Middlesborough in April 1988 from manager John Duncan Picture Owen Hines NEG 126845 - Credit: Archant

Tributes will be paid to former Ipswich Town and Aston Villa striker Dalian Atkinson today, it has been announced.

Atkinson was shot with a Taser by a West Mercia Police officer in Telford on August 15.

The striker, who started his career at Ipswich and also played Aston Villa and other clubs including Sheffield Wednesday and Real Sociedad, died 90 minutes later.

The Ipswich Town Tiwtter account, @Official_ITFC, tweeted: “We also have a tribute to former #itfc and @AVFCOfficial man, Dalian Atkinson, who sadly passed away recently.”

When an inquest into the 48-year-old’s death was opened, it was revealed medics at the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford carried out CPR for more than half an hour but their efforts were in vain.

A post-mortem examination by Home Office pathologist Dr Olaf Biedrzycki, at University Hospital Coventry, on August 17 concluded that cause of death was “to be advised, pending further investigation”, according to Ms Hartridge.

Atkinson’s death is subject to criminal investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

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Two officers from the West Mercia Police force were under investigation and, as part of its inquiry, had been served with gross misconduct notices.