UEFA has announced that a moment’s silence will be held in honour of the deceased Jose Antonio Reyes in tonight’s Champions League final.
35-year-old Reyes’ life was tragically cut short this morning following a car crash on a road between Utrera and Seville in his native Spain. He was returning from a training session at Extremadura UD.
The former Arsenal and Atletico Madrid winger was in a vehicle with two other passengers. One of them is believed to be his 23-year-old cousin, Jonathan, who has also passed away. While the third occupant has suffered burns.
Now UEFA confirmed that tonight’s Champions League final between Tottenham and Liverpool at Atletico’s Wanda Metropolitano will have a minute’s silence to pay tribute to Reyes.
“UEFA and European football are deeply saddened by the terrible news that Jose Antonio Reyes has passed away and I would like to express my sincerest condolences to his family and loved ones for their loss,” said UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin.
“He had a glittering career and won numerous honours wherever he played and I am shocked and saddened that his life has been so tragically cut short.”
Reyes joined Arsenal in January 2004 for £17m from Sevilla, where he instantly formed part of the “Invincibles” team that went the entire Premier League season unbeaten.
After helping Real Madrid win the 2006/07 La Liga title in a loan stint, the ex-Spain international signed for city rivals Atletico on a permanent deal the following season.
He then went on to play for Benfica, Sevilla (for a second time), Espanyol, Cordoba and with Chinese club Xinjiang Tianshan Leopard before eventually arriving at second-tier Spanish club Extremadura in January.
The Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has already announced that seven second division matches will be postponed.