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Rangers fan, 25, dies in Lisbon after Europa League clash with Benfica | Football | Sport

Rangers have paid a heartfelt tribute to Thomas McAllister, 25, who tragically passed away after the club’s Europa League match against Benfica in Lisbon on Thursday night. The cause of his death is still unknown.

The club expressed their deep sorrow in a statement: “It is with profound sadness Rangers FC has been made aware supporter Thomas McAllister has passed away in Lisbon following last night’s UEFA Europa League tie with Benfica.

“The immediate thoughts of everyone at the club are with Thomas’ family and friends, and we will remain in constant contact with both the Portuguese and British authorities over this tragic incident.”

James Bisgrove, the CEO of Rangers, said: “On behalf of the club, I want to pass on my sincere condolences to Thomas’ loved ones, family and his friends.

“This news has hit everyone at the club extremely hard, as I am sure it will for all of our supporters. Nobody should ever go to a football match and not return home.

“The club stands ready to assist Thomas’ family in whatever way we can in the coming days and weeks.”

Thomas, affectionately known as Tam, was from the Drumchapel area of Glasgow. Tributes have been flooding in on social media following the heartbreaking news.

A relative wrote: “Cannot get my head around this. You were the best cousin ever, love you always.”

A spokesperson for the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office said: “We are providing consular assistance to the family of a British man who has died in Lisbon, and are in contact with Portuguese authorities.”

Mr McAllister had shared an image of himself in Lisbon with two friends on Facebook, captioned: ‘Ma brothers’. Rangers club legend Nacho Novo said: “RIP. Sending thoughts and love to his family.”

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