Major League Soccer in the US is in mourning. Charlotte FC footballer Anton Walkes dies in boating accident
English footballer Anton Walkes died in a tragic boat accident off the coast of Miami, Florida. As his club Charlotte FC announced, the 25-year-old central defender died on Thursday morning (local time) as a result of injuries sustained in the accident.
According to local authorities, Walkes, who was born in London, was at the helm of a boat and collided with another boat on Wednesday. He was found unconscious and taken to a hospital. How the accident happened is being investigated.
“We are heartbroken by the loss of Anton Walkes, a truly incredible father, loving people and outstanding human beings,” said Charlotte’s sporting director Zoran Krneta and offered his condolences to the family, as did club owner David Tepper. “Anton made those around him better in all walks of life and represented Charlotte FC at the highest level both on and off the field,” said Tepper.
Test match cancelled
The Charlotte FC from the professional league MLS is currently completing a training camp in Fort Lauderdale in preparation for the coming season. A friendly against league rivals St. Louis City SC scheduled for this Saturday has been cancelled.
Walkes started his career at Tottenham Hotspur. The players of the Premier League team wore a black ribbon in Thursday’s 4-2 defeat at Manchester City “as a sign of respect”, the club said. After two years at English third division club Portsmouth, the central defender first moved to Atlanta United FC in the USA in 2020 and has been playing for Charlotte in the US state of North Carolina since December 2021.
“There are no words to describe the sadness that everyone in Major League Soccer feels after learning of the tragic death of Charlotte FC’s Anton Walkes,” the soccer league wrote on Twitter.
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