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Swedish teams spontaneously stop play to honour Turina

World of Sport

There were touching scenes in Sweden when Malmo and Norrkoping's stars spontaneously stopped play to honour AIK goalkeeper Ivan Turina who passed away this week.

In the first Swedish league match since his death, Turina's picture and number (27) were flashed up on the big screen in the 27th minute of the match.

The entire crowd started to applaud and the players, without any prompting, stopped the match and joined in.

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.

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.

AIK's fans have planned further tributes at the club's next league game against IFK Gothenburg on Monday.

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