Soccer journalist Mike Cockerill dies

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    Long-serving soccer journalist and broadcaster Mike Cockerill has died after a long illness.

    Cockerill, 56, spent more than 30 years reporting on soccer in Australia, largely with Fairfax newspapers and Fox Sports.

    He covered six World Cups, the A-League and three Olympic Games in a long association with the game.

    In 2011, he was inducted into the Football Federation Australia Hall of Fame.

    Former Socceroo Robbie Slater said he was a great contributor to the game.

    “Mike was greatly respected,” Slater said on Fox Sports.

    “A really top man. We pass on all our best to his family.

    “He was a very, very special person to me. I’ve known him since I was 17. It’s a huge shock to me. He was doing the FFA Cup only four weeks ago and he’s been struck down. It happened very, very quickly.”

    Cockerill’s death comes a month after the passing of another well-known soccer pundit, Les Murray.

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