DETECTIVES are questioning a 25-year-old man on suspicion of murdering a football fan who was attacked outside a pub in Leeds following England’s first World Cup match.
Robert Wilson, 44, died in hospital 11 days after the assault outside The Skyrack, on St Michael’s Road, Headingley, shortly before 11pm on June 12, following the match between England and the USA.
Mr Wilson, of West Park, Leeds, suffered serious head injuries when he was punched to the ground by another man.
West Yorkshire Police said a 25-year-old man had been arrested on suspicion of Mr Wilson’s murder.
Five other people, two 23-year-old women and three men, one aged 23 and two aged 25, have been arrested in connection with perverting the course of justice and drugs offences.
All are currently in custody.
Police launched a murder inquiry after Mr Wilson died in Leeds General Infirmary on June 23 and Crimestoppers offered a £5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest, charge and judicial disposal of those involved.
In a statement released after Mr Wilson’s death, his partner, Jacqueline Cocker, said he was excited about the England match.
Ms Cocker said: "Robert was a quiet man and he had a good sense of humour. He was completely passive and would be the last person to get involved in any trouble.
"He liked his football and rugby and he was excited about going out to watch the England game. I just cannot understand how it has ended like this."