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Footballer could win freedom of city thanks to ex-daily editor

Leon BrittonA footballer could be given the freedom of the city in which he plays thanks to a former regional daily editor.

Swansea Council says it will consider bestowing the honour upon Swansea City player Leon Britton, left, after the suggestion was made by Spencer Feeney, who edited both the South Wales Evening Post and The Citizen, Gloucester.

Britton has made 500 appearances for City and recently helped the club secure Premier League survival after a difficult season.

He also suggested that he and his fellow players pay for 3,000 fans to attend an away match against Sunderland to cheer them on to victory.

On Twitter, Spencer posted: “Swansea Council should give Leon Britton the freedom of the city.”

He added: “I suggested it after the game because I thought the role that he played was as crucial as [manager] Paul Clement. He’s embraced the city and the city has embraced him. I think he’s the modern equivalent of [former City player] Alan Curtis.”

Swansea Council replied to Mr Feeney, saying: “Good idea, Spencer. We’ll raise your suggestion with the right people.”

A council spokesman told Wales Online: “We recognise the role that Leon has played not only in helping to keep the Swans in the Premier League this season but his outstanding contribution to the remarkable success the club has enjoyed during the last decade.

“He has and continues to be a terrific servant to the club and a great ambassador for Swansea.

“We are keen to recognise people who have made a special contribution to Swansea and there are several ways that can be done.

“Deliberations for this year’s honours are already underway including who will be recognised as part of the Lord Mayor’s Awards which will be held in the Brangwyn later this year.”