Teen soccer player in French 2nd-tier dies

The Associated PressTOURS, France (AP) — An 18-year-old soccer player with French second-division club Tours has died.

Midfielder Thomas Rodriguez died overnight from Thursday to Friday, the club said in a statement. No details were given as to the cause of death.

“Tours FC is devastated by this drama, which plunges the club into an immense sadness,” Tours said.

Rodriguez joined in 2016 and progressed through the Tours youth academy before playing for the reserves.

“His footballing qualities, his drive and his motivation made him a player promised a bright future as a professional,” Tours said.


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