"I fully expect the players we have brought in to start delivering results in the weeks and months to come," the Italian said in a statement

Instead designated members of the club's fan squad raised umbrellas in the corner of the pitch.

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"The increased use of Tasers by police forces in England and Wales has been commonly presented as a non-lethal alternative to the use of firearms. However, as the tragic death of Dalian Atkinson and at least 10 other such cases in England and Wales over the last decade show, all too often Taser use is fatal."

The Taser was used on the 48-year-old at his father's house in Trench, Telford, in the early hours of Monday.

Fans at Villa Park also raised umbrellas around the ground in a tribute inspired by a famous celebration when Atkinson netted a memorable goal against Wimbledon.

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Aston Villa Football Club (/ˈæstən ˈvɪlə/; nicknamed Villa, The Villa, The Villans, The Lions)[5] is a professional association football club based in Aston, Birmingham, that plays in the Championship, the second level of English football. Founded in 1874, they have played at their current home ground, Villa Park, since 1897. Aston Villa were the originators and founding members of the Football League in 1888. They were also founding members of the Premier League in 1992.[6]

Villa fans had planned to bring their own umbrellas in reference to Atkinson's famous celebration, but the club said health and safety prevented them from allowing such a tribute.

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In 2006, Aston Villa announced the creation of an "Aston Villa Hall of Fame." This was voted for by fans and the inaugural induction saw 12 former players, managers and directors named.[12] In May 2013 it was announced that former Villa and Bulgaria captain, Stiliyan Petrov, would be the 13th addition to the Hall of Fame.[90]

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"Officers are called to deal with situations that arise in the blink of an eye and invariably have to be dealt with within that time-frame.

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(ii) Proposed and seconded that Mr McGregor be requested to supply them at the lowest quotation.

Supporters held a minute's applause 10 minutes into the club's Championship game against Huddersfield Town.

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He was declared dead at 03:00 at Princess Royal Hospital, in Telford.

Calum Macleod, vice-chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales, said officers have a minimal amount of time in which to decide whether to deploy a Taser.

He went into cardiac arrest on his way to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Home Office statistics show there were 10,329 uses of Tasers by police in England and Wales in 2015, a 2% increase on the previous year.

Aston Villa have won European and domestic league honours. The club's last major honour was in 1996 when they won the League Cup.

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Aston Villa are one of five English teams to have won the European Cup. They did so on 26 May 1982 in Rotterdam, beating Bayern Munich 1–0 thanks to Peter Withe's goal.[83]

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The chocolate colour later became claret.[47] Nobody is quite sure why claret and blue became the club's adopted colours.[47] Several other English football teams adopted their colours; clubs that wear claret and blue include West Ham United and Burnley.[48][49]

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Geoff Scott, chairman of Xpro, which helps ex-footballers and their families, said the charity had been contacted by Atkinson's family for help after he was taken to hospital earlier this year.

Jordan Ayew appeared to have grabbed all three points for Villa before Winnall ensured more late agony for under-fire Di Matteo

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His death has been referred to the police watchdog, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).