Fans are paying tribute to former Aston Villa striker Dalian Atkinson who died on Monday at the hands of the police.
Reports say the police fired a high-voltage Taser stun-gun at him during an incident in his home town.
According to the police, “a report for the concern for the safety of an individual” in Telford, central England. The incident which took place in the early hours of Monday called for a Taser gun to be deployed.
However, the 48-year-old English Premier League striker received first aid at the scene but couldn’t survive.
“Aston Villa is saddened to hear of the death of our former striker Dalian Atkinson,” the club said in a statement. “Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this terrible time.”
Former Aston Villa striker Dalian Atkinson also played for Spain’s Real Sociedad; Ipswich Town
Meanwhile, the Independent Police Complaints Commission, the police watchdog, confirmed that its officers had launched an investigation into the incident.
Consequently, civil rights groups have expressed concern over the rate at which taser guns are used. Shocking figures reveal that police discharged Tasers 1,921 times last year. These tasers pose potential risk to anyone standing by.
The fallen star’s soccer career had been a remarkable one with one of his goals named Goal of the Season by BBC’s “Match of the Day” programme.
The show’s current presenter, Gary Lineker also paid tribute to the soccer star with some encouragement for his family.
Also, defender Paul McGrath, who played with Atkinson in the League Cup final, wrote on twitter; Don’t feel to gud at the moment, Dalian Atkinson was a huge part of the Villa family I played with lovely kid and friend R.I.P pal.”
Other former team mates and clubs also added their messages and tributes to Atkinson.