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Karim Gazzetta death: Swiss footballer dies aged 27 'after jumping from a building'

Karim Gazzetta, 27 - once one of Switzerland's most promising young footballers - was found dead in the city of Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Swiss football international Karim Gazzetta dies aged 27 “after jumping from a building”

  • Karim Gazzetta, former Swiss international, died in Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • A 27-year-old man was found outside his home in Mostar, 45 miles from Sarajevo, today
  • Gazzetta, who played for the Zrinjski team, committed suicide, according to local media
  • The athlete was one of Switzerland’s most promising young players, but his career had been plagued by injuries and he missed half of the current season.

A former Swiss international footballer who was once one of the country’s most promising young stars was found dead in Bosnia and Herzegovina today.

Karim Gazzetta, 27, was found dead outside his home in the city of Mostar, 45 miles south of the capital Sarajevo, early this morning.

Police are investigating but Bosnian media report that Gazzetta – who was playing for local team Zrinjski at the time – had committed suicide by jumping from the building.

Karim Gazzetta, 27 - once one of Switzerland's most promising young footballers - was found dead in the city of Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Karim Gazzetta, 27 – once one of Switzerland’s most promising young footballers – was found dead in the city of Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

An attacking midfielder, Gazzetta was once considered a young talent in Swiss football after being capped four times for the national under-20 team in 2015.

He came through the academy of Servette FC – one of the most successful teams in the country – and spent several spells on loan before joining Stade Lausanne-Ouchy.

He then went to Neuchâtel Xamax, a team relegated from the Swiss top flight in 2012 after bankruptcy but found their way back to the top division in 2018.

However, injuries began to take a toll on his career and he was sold to Zrinjski over the summer as he suffered from issues that kept him out of action.

Gazzetta recovered but only made two appearances before re-injuring himself.

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Gazzetta was capped four times for the Swiss Under-20 team in 2015 but injuries plagued his later career and he only played two games in the first half of that season.

His last appearance was in a cup match on October 19.

A spokesperson for the Swiss Football League said: “The Swiss Football League mourns the loss of former U20 international Karim Gazzetta, who died tragically in Bosnia.

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

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

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