Soccer fans the world over have their eyes fixed on Qatar, where the World Cup saw its first day featuring multiple games unfold this week. However, others who follow the sport were focused on an off-field tragedy.
According to the New York Post, soccer star Karim Gazzetta jumped to his death on Monday from the eighth floor of a building in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
A promising player
Months prior to his apparent suicide, the 27-year-old Swiss athlete’s had signed to HŠK Zrinjski Mostar, which is the Bosnian soccer league’s champion team.
However, The Mirror reported that Gazzetta had been plagued by “continuous injury problems” and had managed to make appearances at just two games over the course of this season.
Gazzetta previously played in the Swiss Super League for Servette FC, and the team addressed his passing in a statement it put out on Twitter.
La famille servettienne pleure aujourd’hui la disparition de 𝗞𝗮𝗿𝗶𝗺 𝗚𝗮𝘇𝘇𝗲𝘁𝘁𝗮, enfant du club.
À ses proches, sa famille, nous envoyons nos plus sincères condoléances ainsi que notre soutien. 🕊
Repose en paix, Karim. 🙏
— Servette FC (@ServetteFC) November 21, 2022
“The Servettienne family mourns today the disappearance of Karim Gazetta, child of the club,” the team declared in French, adding, “To his loved ones, his family, we send our most sincere condolences and our support. Rest in peace Karim.”
Meanwhile, tributes to the late soccer star were posted to Twitter by his fans:
Nažalost, sinoć oko 3 sata ujutro, naš veznjak Karim Emilio Roberto Gazetta je počinio samoubojstvo.
Kao navijač Zrinjskog na ovoj platformi, mene je ovo vrlo jako pogodilo, prije nekoliko tjedana je zabio gol za svetinju, a danas ga više nema.
Počivaj u miru, Karim. 😔🙏❤️ pic.twitter.com/pe53eke5fC
— Lovrinjo 🇭🇷 (@MostarskiPlemic) November 21, 2022
The Post noted that Gazetta had also played for FC Lausanne-Sport, and the Swiss team released a statement of its own which read, “The Swiss football family is in mourning.”
“It is with great sadness that we learned of the death of Karim Gazzetta,” the team’s statement continued. “The LS presents its most sincere condolences to all of his family and loved ones.”
Meanwhile, the Swiss Football League said that it “mourns the death of former M20 international Karim Gazzetta, who died tragically in Bosnia, and sends its most sincere condolences to his family and loved ones.”