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Former Wales manager Mark Hughes said: ‘I’m devastated.
Tragedy: Chief executive of the Football Association of Wales Jonathan Ford and President of the Football Association of Wales, Phil Pritchard, tell a press conference they will be supporting Gary Speed's family in the coming days Distraught: Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given, left, who played with Speed at Newcastle, burst into tears before his side's game against Swansea.
Right, Hugo Viana, another former Newcastle teammate who now plays in Portugal, pays his respects Manchester United and Wales footballer Ryan Giggs said: ‘Gary Speed was one of the nicest men in football and someone I am honoured to call a teammate and friend.
Mr Haigh said that during 22 months he spent in jail he was repeatedly tortured and abused, undergoing five 'serious episodes' of physical abuse as well as witnessing the torture of other inmates.
Mr Haigh said that during 22 months he spent in jail iin Dubai (file picture) he was repeatedly tortured and abused, undergoing five 'serious episodes' of physical abuse as well as witnessing the torture of other inmates His complaint to the Metropolitan Police war crimes unit details the five months he spent in hospital on release, suffering Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as well as damage to his knee, hands, shoulder, eyes, teeth and a fractured cheek bone.
Speaking to the Mail on Sunday following his release last month he warned : 'People should be very wary.
Speed’s former Newcastle United teammate Shay Given, who attended a charity fundraising fashion event with him in May, was seen in floods of tears on television as a minute’s silence was held at Swansea City’s match against Given’s team Aston Villa.Both Speed’s parents were from Chester but he was born in the Welsh border town of Mancot and was always proud to represent his country.
Mr Haigh (pictured during his days as Managing Director of Leeds United) claimed he was tortured in the same police stations as where Lee Bradley, a British holidaymaker, died in 2011 amid allegations he was beaten in custody'The result of the information being made public, was that I was raped and sexually abused, and my partner had to flee our home in the Middle East where he is from, and claim refugee status.'I was categorically discriminated against…on the basis that I am gay, and because my partner is Muslim'.The 40-year-old claims he was tricked into flying out to the Middle East to meet with officials from Gulf Finance House, from whom he had been trying to buy the football club.But the deal fell through and he claims he was arrested on the trumped-up charges in March 2014.His lawyer, Toby Cadman, of Guernica 37 International Justice Chambers, said: 'Mr Haigh highlighted how he was detained on an entirely arbitrary basis, that the trial process that followed ignored all established fair trial procedures, and further, that during his detention, he was tortured on a number of occasions, mentally, physically and sexually, and forced to watch the torture of other inmates at the hands of the Dubai police.'Following numerous complaints by Britons and foreign nationals of torture and mistreatment the UAE has been criticised by the United Nations over its human rights records on detainees.Universal jurisdiction enables certain serious crimes, such as torture, to be tried in UK domestic courts even if the alleged crime was committed abroad.His father Roger played football for Wrexham before returning to his trade as a joiner.