Telford - A former Premier League footballer has died, three of
his former clubs said Monday, following reports he was shot with a Taser by
Atkinson died around 90 minutes after a Taser was used on him by police
officers, Britain's Press Association reported. Local police said in a
statement that officers had been called to an address in central England amid
concerns "for the safety of an individual."
Wednesday, Aston Villa and Ipswich all paid their respects to Atkinson in posts
on their websites. Wednesday confirmed the 48-year-old's death after becoming
satisfied that Atkinson was the man who died.
Football Association said it was "saddened to hear of the passing" of
Atkinson, who represented England's 'B' team.
officers were at the property in question in Telford on Monday and the road
remained cordoned off.
said a man received medical attention after officers used a Taser when they
arrived in the early hours of Monday.
ambulance was dispatched and upon arrival found a man who had been
Tasered," said the West Midlands Ambulance Service, which added that the
man's condition deteriorated as he was being taken to hospital and he went into
the efforts of the crew and hospital staff, it was not possible to save him and
he was confirmed dead at hospital, shortly after arrival."
incident has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
currently is investigating the death of another British person, former soldier
Spencer Beynon, in June following the use of a Taser by police.
scored 20 Premier League goals during his time at Aston Villa from 1991-95. He
also played for Ipswich, Wednesday and Manchester City in England, and had
spells with Real Socieded in Spain, Fenerbahce in Turkey and also in South
Atkinson was most famous for a scoring a goal for Villa against
Wimbledon in October 1992, when he ran from inside his own half, evaded a
number of attempted challenges before chipping the ball over the goalkeeper and
into the net. It was voted as goal of the season in the 1992-93 Premier League.
Villa is saddened to hear of the death of our former striker Dalian
Atkinson," the second-tier club said in a statement. "Dalian
undoubtedly provided real memorable moments during his time in claret and
said Atkinson was "widely regarded as one of the most exciting football
talents to emerge during the mid-1980s to early 1990s."
era when English players seldom played abroad, Atkinson scored 12 goals in 29
league games during one season with Real Sociedad, before returning to England
to play for Villa. He scored 10 goals in 21 league games for Istanbul-based
Fenerbahce after leaving Villa.