Florijana Ismaili: Tributes paid after body of missing Swiss player is found

The body of Swiss footballer Florijana Ismaili has been found, days after vanishing following a swimming accident at Lake Como in Italy.

The 24-year-old was declared missing on Saturday after jumping into the lake from a boat and failing to resurface.

Italian rescue services said her body was found at a depth of 204 metres on Tuesday.

“I am deeply saddened and shaken. It’s hard to accept that Flori is gone,” said Swiss women’s boss Nils Nielsen.

Ismaili, who made her international debut in 2014, was the captain of BSC Young Boys.

“We are very upset and deeply affected,” her club said.

Liverpool’s Swiss international forward Xherdan Shaqiri said he was “deeply shocked” by the news.

National women’s team coach Nielsen added: “She always had a smile on her face and inspired us with her happy nature. She was someone who faced every challenge and set the example. I can only imagine what it must be like for all those who knew Flori longer and closer than me. But my thoughts are with them in these difficult times.”

Gianni Infantino, the president of world football’s governing body Fifa, also paid tribute saying: “This is an extremely sad moment for all the football community, particularly at a time when we gather at the Fifa Women’s World Cup.”

Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin added: “Uefa and the European football community is deeply shocked and saddened by the death of Florijana Ismaili.

“We extend our deepest sympathy to her family and friends at this sad moment.”

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