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AIK pay emotional tribute to keeper Ivan Turina after tragic death

World of Sport

AIK goalkeeper Ivan Turina's memory brought a stadium to a standstill as his tragic death was marked in touching fashion.

Turina died at the age of just 32 on the night between Wednesday and Thursday.

Croatian Turina, the father of one-year-old twins, was known to have a congenital heart problem which he told the club about when he signed for them in 2010.

Turina's wife is expecting the couple's third child.

The Swedish side were playing their first game since the news, against IFK Gothenburg, and as the 27th minute of the match approached, both teams stopped playing and broke out into applause for Turina, who used to wear the number 27 shirt.

As part of the tributes, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Luka Modric (a former team-mate of the Croatian back at Dinamo Zagreb) gave a video message which was played out to the crowd before the game.

Fans applauded, chanted and cheered as Turina's picture appeared, while a sea of flowers were thrown onto the pitch behind the goal in tribute to the goalkeeper.

The death has rocked Swedish football, and he has been remembered fondly up and down the country.

After his death fans streamed to the club's Karlberg training ground to lay scarves and flowers at an impromptu shrine to the popular keeper, who had recently extended his contract with the club to 2016.

Flags at the training ground flew at half mast as red-eyed players and staff spoke quietly with the assembled media and supporters.

Turina played 89 competitive matches for the club, keeping 35 clean sheets, and he won a single cap for Croatia when he played against Hong Kong in 2006.

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