Boy, 16, charged over football coach's death

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A 16-year-old boy was charged today over the death of a women's football team coach who was punched on a night out.

Adam Rogers, 24, was attacked during a reunion with friends in Blackburn town centre on Saturday.

The youth, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is accused of manslaughter and violent disorder, said Lancashire Police.

Two 19-year-old men, Jonathon Seal and Antonio Clough, both from Rishton, Blackburn, were also charged with violent disorder and assault.

A police spokesman added: "All three will appear later before Blackburn magistrates."

Mr Rogers' parents, David and Pat, flew home from a holiday in Malta and were at his bedside at Royal Blackburn Hospital when his life support machine was switched off on Sunday afternoon.

In a statement, the couple said their son was not a regular clubgoer and preferred to visit friends at their home.

He had recently moved back to the area from the Lake District after studying at the University of Cumbria.

They said: "We are devastated by this tragic loss. Adam was the most loving, gentle, generous and attentive young man.

"This night out was special as he was aiming to see friends that he hadn't seen for some time and I know he was really looking forward to it."

Mr Rogers, of Dukes Brow, was assaulted after leaving The Live Lounge Bar in Northgate when he and his friends were approached by a group of five people.

The keen sportsman coached Padiham Ladies football team and had previously played for St Bede's RC High School in Blackburn, St Mary's College in Blackburn and Darwen Rangers.