Birmingham City, Aston Villa and Wolves to pay tribute to murdered 6-year-old boy over weekend

The Premier League and Championship clubs have come together to pay tribute to Birmingham City fan Arthur Labinjo-Hughes – who was tragically killed at the age of six last year – in their matches this weekend.

Games involving the Blues, Aston Villa, West Brom and Wolverhampton Wanderers will all be applauded after six minutes for Arthur.

Arthur’s stepmother Emma Tustin, 32, was sentenced to life in prison for murder Thursday – which is a minimum sentence of 29 years – while the boy’s father, Thomas Hughes, 29 , was sentenced to 21 years for manslaughter.

Birmingham City will be at Millwall at The Den on Saturday afternoon, and in addition to the sixth-minute applause, the Blues players are also planning to wear warm-up tops in tribute to Arthur.

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Applause will also come as Wolves host Liverpool at Molineux at the same time – with both games starting at 3 p.m. – while West Brom travel to Coventry City in a kick-off on Saturday noon. Villa will then host Leicester on Sunday at 4.30pm.

Meanwhile, London’s West Ham derby with Chelsea – Saturday morning’s kickoff in the Premier League – also saw fans stand up and cheer to pay their respects to Arthur at the London Stadium.

An image of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes is shown on the big screen during the match at the London Stadium (Photo: Reuters)
A minute of applause for Arthur Labinjo-Hughes during the game between Coventry City and West Bromwich Albion (Photo: Getty)

Birmingham City are holding a number of tributes to remember Arthur’s life in their upcoming home game against Cardiff City on December 11.

The club have announced plans to install a remembrance flag in Lower Kop at St Andrews, while two commemorative bricks will also be cemented in the stadium.

A Blues statement ended: “The club remain deeply saddened by his passing and are exploring new ways to support children at risk.

“Rest in peace, Arthur, may you always have an angel by your side.” “

Responding to Villa’s tweet confirming their intention to applaud in the sixth minute, Captain Tyrone Mings said: “I’m having a hard time reading the details of this horrific story, but I’m so glad we’re doing it.”

Meanwhile, a heart-wrenching video circulating on social media showed Arthur speaking about his intention to someday play for Liverpool and Tottenham.

Arthur died of a head injury at his home in Solihull in June 2020 and was subjected to a campaign of abuse by Tustin and Hughes before being killed.

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