The Football world is this morning reacting to the news that former Aston Villa striker Dalian Atkinson has died after an incident involving police at his home in Telford early on Monday morning.
West Mercia Police have confirmed that a unit was called to an address at approximately 1.30am on Monday morning, they then confirm that a taser was deployed and a 48 year old man, later confirmed to be Atkinson, was pronounced dead at approximately 3am.
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No further comment was given by West Mercia Police in a statement issued this morning.
West Mercia Police can confirm that officers responded to a report for the concern for the safety of an individual at approximately 1.30am this morning at an address in Telford.
Upon arrival Taser was deployed and a 48-year-old man, who subsequently received medical attention, was pronounced dead at approximately 3am.
West Mercia Police are unable to comment any further as the incident has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) as is normal procedure, and will assist the IPCC with their inquiries.
The former Villa striker was best known for scoring one of the Premier League's most iconic goals against Wimbledon in 1992.
Atkinson played for Ipswich, Sheffield Wednesday, Real Sociedad, Aston Villa, and Fenerbache amongst others in a 16 year career.
More to follow.