Tuesday, 25 April 2017

31-Year-Old Former Czech Defender, Rajtoral Frantisek Commits Suicide

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The president of the Turkish side Gaziantepspor has confirmed reports that the Czech Republic international Frantisek Rajtoral killed himself at his home over the weekend, with the chief medical officer of international players’ union warning more needs to be done to combat mental illness among current professionals.

The 31-year-old, who played 14 times for his country and was part of the squad that reached the Euro 2012 quarter-finals, was found dead after Gaziantepspor alerted authorities to his absence on Sunday.

“Unfortunately I can confirm that the news of suicide is true,” Ibrahim Kizil told Turkish media outlet Sporx. “His team-mates were concerned after Rajtoral didn’t participate in today’s training session. He had good spirits, he didn’t seem to have any problem. I really don’t know why he did such a thing.”

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