THE family of a Newcastle United fan killed on the fatal Malaysia Airlines flight have said they are happy and relieved he is on his way home.
Liam Sweeney, 28, was travelling with fellow supporter John Alder, 63, on Flight MH17.
Hundreds of flowers and tributes quickly appeared at St James’s Park and 200 people later gathered for an impromptu memorial service.
The family of Mr Sweeney have confirmed that his body has been identified.
A statement said: “We are happy and relieved to be getting Liam home and hope that we can now move forward.
“Our thoughts are with John Alder’s family and the families of the other 296 victims.
“We would ask that we are given some time and privacy to grieve as a family.”
His father, Barry, who visited the Prime Minister, had expressed his wish for the bodies to be brought home as quickly as possible.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew said the forthcoming season would be dedicated to the two super fans, who were on their way to New Zealand to watch the team play.