England fan found dead in Venice canal hadnt missed a game in three years

An England fan who was found dead in a Venice canal on Monday hadn't missed a game in three years.

Tributes have poured in for Kevin Norman, 60, from Watford, who was identified via a credit card found in his pocket after being spotted in Venice's famous Canale Grande.

Kevin had been on his way to England's final World Cup qualifier in San Marino but the dad of one was pronounced dead 16 hours before the match had even started.

He was also a committed Watford supporter and had reportedly not missed a match since the 1990s having been attending matches for 40 years.

Firefighters arrived on the scene after passers by spotted Kevin in the water but he was declared dead after being pulled to shore.

Italian police have spoken to his friends that were in Venice with him and are said to be keeping an open mind while they wait for the results of his post-mortem.

A source told The Sun: "The body was found very early in the morning just before 7am after a passer by spotted him and firefighters were called to help in the recovery.

"He was identified by a credit card and enquiries traced others of the party to a hotel in Venice and they have been spoken to.

"A post mortem will be carried out and the local prosecutor's office will decide whether to launch a formal criminal investigation."

Tributes have been paid to Kevin on social media fan groups with some calling for Watford to hold a minutes applause during Saturday's match against Manchester United.

One post read: "Very sad to announce the passing of Watford and England fan, Kev Norman.

"Kev passed away following an accident in Venice on his way to the match with San Marino.

"He hadn’t missed an England game since the 90’s and our thoughts today are with his family and friends. Apparently the man was a legend! RIP Kev".

Both England and Watford have said they are aware of Kevin's death.

A spokesperson for the Foreign Office said: “We are supporting the family of a British man who died in Venice and are in contact with the local authorities.”

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