Story By: Juan Mayes, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Golder’s News And Sport
These pictures show how Jose Antonio Reyes’ cousin has visited the Sevilla stadium for the first time since suffering an accident that burnt 65 percent of his body and claimed the life of the striker.
Former Sevilla striker Reyes’ cousin Juan Manuel Calderon visited the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium in Seville, a city in the autonomous community of Andalusia in southern Spain for their recent La Liga won over Levante.
It marks the first visit he has visited the stadium where his cousin, Reyes, 35, started his career in football before his move to Arsenal after surviving the fatal car crash that claimed the lives of the striker and his other cousin Jonathan Reyes, 23.
Calderon watched the game between Sevilla and Levante which Sevilla won 1-0 with the only goal of the match coming from former Newcastle United loanee Luuk de Jong in the 86th minute.
One of the images shows Calderon posing with the Sevilla president Jose Castro as the two took a moment to take the snap during Calderon’s visit.
Calderon is seen wearing a shirt which shows Reyes holding the Europa League trophy aloft, which Sevilla won after a win against Liverpool in May 2016.
Reyes and his cousin Jonathan Reyes were killed in a crash on the A-376 motorway near the town of Alcala de Guadaira in southern Spain on 1st June.
Calderon, who 22 at the time of the accident, reportedly told officers that he had been “looking out of the window” of the Mercedes Brabus S550 and saw that they were going “very fast”, adding: “I don’t know what Jose did, I don’t remember.”
Spanish newspaper El Mundo reported Reyes’ car hit the crash barrier, bounced off it, leaving over 90 metres of braking marks before it went off the road, hitting a fence which “catapulted” the car.
Calderon added: “It went into the air, we were flying.”
Calderon suffered serious burns after trying to save his cousins from the vehicle whilst it was in flames.
He was discharged from hospital nearly two months after the fatal accident in late July.
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