Football mourns as Swiss star Karim Gazzetta takes own life aged 27

The world of football is in mourning following the tragic death of Swiss footballer Karim Gazzetta at the age of 27.

Gazzetta is reported to have jumped from a building and taken his own life. According to the Sarajevo Times, the former Swiss U20 international died in the city of Mostar, 45 miles south of the capital Sarajevo, on Monday morning.

The midfielder spent the majority of his career in his home country, coming through the academy of Servette. He had several loan spells away from Servette before joining Stade Lausanne-Ouchy.

He then joined Neuchatel Xamax in 2021. After one season with Neuchatel, Gazzetta moved again, this time to Bosnian team HSK Zrinjski Mostar earlier this summer.

He made two appearances for Mostar, both of which came last month. Gazzetta was once one of Switzerland's most promising stars and was capped at every age level for his country up to Under-20s.

Servette FC, Gazzetta's first club, paid tribute to the late star in a statement. It said: "The Servettienne family mourns today the disappearance of Karim Gazzetta, child of the club.

"To his loved ones, his family, we send our most sincere condolences and our support.

While a spokesman for the Swiss Football League added: "The Swiss Football League mourns the loss of former U20 international Karim Gazzetta, who tragically passed away in Bosnia.

"Most recently, at the age of 27, he was under contract with the Bosnian league leaders Zrinjski Mostar.

"The SFL expresses its deepest condolences to the entire family and loved ones, especially his younger brother Luca, who made three appearances in the Challenge League for Servette FC in the 2017/18 season and is currently playing in the Promotion League for Stade Nyonnais."

If you're struggling with your mental health and need to talk, the Samaritans operate a free helpline open 24/7 on 116 123. Alternatively you can email [email protected] if you'd prefer to write down how you feel.

Source: Read Full Article