Czech international Rajtoral dead in apparent suicide

Former Czech international footballer Frantisek Rajtoral has has been found dead in an apparent suicide.

Rajtoral, 31, played 14 times for his country and was in the squad that reached the quarter-finals of Euro 2012.

The defender joined Turkish club Gaziantepspor last year after seven years in his homeland with Viktoria Plzen, during which time he won the Czech league twice.

He also had spells with Marila Pribram, Banik Ostrava and Hannover.

Turkish media reports said that Rajtoral was found hanged at his residence after the club told local authorities on Sunday that he was missing.

Club president Ibrahim Kizil told Turkish media outlet Sporx, "Unfortunately I can confirm that the news of suicide is true."

"His team-mates were concerned after he didn't participate in today's training session,” he added.

"He was in good spirits, he didn't seem to have any problems. I really don't understand why he did such a thing," said Kizil.

Gaziantepspor manager Bulent Uygun said: "We did not expect such a thing. All my players are in shock. Everybody is shedding tears."

The Czech Football Association sent its "deepest condolences to all his relatives" in a statement.

His former club also paid tribute to their ex-player, saying: "Rest in peace Rajt, we will all miss you so much, we will never forget you."