Swiss women’s international footballer Florijana Ismaili confirmed dead

epa06356267 (L-R) Swiss Geraldine Reuteler, Florijana Ismaili and Viola Calligaris celebrate during the FIFA Women's World Cup qualifying soccer match between Switzerland and Albania in Biel, Switzerland, 28 November 2017. EPA-EFE/PETER SCHNEIDER

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Switzerland women’s international Florijana Ismaili has been confirmed dead.

Ismaili, a female football player with the Swiss national team, has been declared missing after a swimming accident on Lake Como in Italy.

Ismaili, 24, played 33 times for Switzerland and was captain of Young Boys Bern’s women’s team.

The Swiss football federation has now issued a statement in which it said:

“The Swiss Football Federation (SFV) has the painful task of informing about the death of its national player Florijana Ismaili. We are all upset, deeply affected and very, very sad,” said an SFV statement.

The SFV said that Ismaili had jumped into the water from a rented boat and never resurfaced. The body was found on Tuesday after searches by the Italian authorities, it said.

“The SFV expresses its sincere condolences to the family, relatives and friends of Florijana Ismaili and wishes everyone all the strength in this difficult time.”

FIFA president Gianni Infantino said in a statement that it was an “extremely sad moment for all the football community, particularly at a time when we gather at the FIFA Women’s World Cup.”


Via Swissinfo

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