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Zakynthos stabbing victim identified

The victim of a violent confrontation between five British nationals and two Greek taxi drivers on the Ionian island of Zakynthos on Wednesday has been identified.

Robert Sebbage, 18, from Tadley, Hampshire, was stabbed to death in the early hours of Wednesday in the popular resort of Laganas. Another Briton, Jordan Manson, was seriously injured in the scuffle. The five Britons were on their first holiday abroad.

Reporting on the serious incident, British newspapers published images of Sebbage posing next to David Beckham in 2007, after the then 14-year-old football fan had been selected as a mascot in an England vs Brazil friendly at Wembley.

On Zakynthos, the two cabbies, aged 21 and 25, are facing murder charges and complicity to commit murder respectively. According to Skai Television reports, the 21-year-old is expected to enter a plea of self-defense on Friday.

Deputy Culture and Tourism Minister Giorgos Nikitiadis, currently spearheading a broad campaign aimed at boosting local tourism, condemned the attack on Wednesday and expressed his condolences to the victim?s family.

Speaking on Skai TV on Thursday, Nikitiadis said that Greece needs to improve the level of its tourism and target higher-income visitors.