Two people have been charged with murder and affray after footballer Cody Fisher was stabbed to death in a nightclub on Boxing Day.
Kami Carpenter, aged 21, and Remy Gordon, aged 22, both from Birmingham, have been remanded into custody to appear before Birmingham Magistrates’ Court on 2 January.
It comes following the stabbing of Mr Fisher, 23, shortly before 11.45pm at the Crane nightclub in Digbeth on 26 December.
A 22-year-old man also arrested on suspicion of Mr Fisher’s murder has been released on bail while police enquiries continue.
Four other people arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender have been released on bail.
Detective Chief Inspector Ian Ingram from West Midlands Police said: “This is a significant development in our investigation as we seek to get justice for Cody, his family and friends.
“We’ve received fantastic support from the public who’ve really helped us in our enquiries so far.
“However, we’re still really keen to hear from anyone with information who has not already spoken to us. Every piece of information helps our investigation.”
Mr Fisher’s teammates at Stratford Town are said to be heartbroken over his death.
The club’s chairman, Jed McCrory, told Sky News it had requested that their next match, scheduled for Monday away at Bromsgrove Sporting, be cancelled.
He said the club was waiting for a decision from the league “to support the fact the club is grieving”.
The nightclub where Mr Fisher was stabbed to death has had its licence suspended.