Police launch investigation after footballer dies falling into a canal

Police launch an investigation as Italian footballer Gabriele Gallani dies after falling into a canal in Amsterdam

  • Gabriele Gallani, 24, drowned on Saturday morning after falling into a canal 
  • Gallani had been with friends in the Kloveniersburgwal district of Amsterdam
  • ASD Piccardo Traversetolo have paid an emotional tribute to their club captain

Police have launched an investigation after Italian footballer Gabriele Gallani died in Amsterdam after falling into a canal.

The 24-year-old, who captained ASD Piccardo Traversetolo, died in hospital on Saturday morning after being rescued from the canal by emergency services.

According to Italian media reports, Gallani had fallen into the canal while he was walking with friends in the Kloveniersburgwal district of Amsterdam.

His disappearance reportedly was not immediately noticed, with Gallani having walked behind his friends.

Gallani was in a critical condition when he divers located him in the water, with police, ambulances and an air ambulance having been called to attend to him.

Gabriele Gallani died in hospital having fallen into a canal when on holiday in Amsterdam

ASD Piccardo Traversetolo issued an emotional tribute to Gallani, left, following his death

Gallani was transported to hospital but died a few hours later. 

Police have launched an investigation following Gallani’s death, with officers reportedly viewing CCTV footage.

Investigators have also appealed for information from anyone who may have viewed the incident.

‘The detective is looking for witnesses who know more about how the victim ended up in the water,’ a police statement read.

‘Around 00.35 am, officers on the street receive the message to go to the Kloveniersburgwal. On site they find bystanders who say that someone is in the water. 

‘Several firefighters also arrive on the scene and manage to get the victim out of the water, after which he is resuscitated and transferred to the hospital. The victim later dies in hospital.’

ASD Piccardo Traversetolo, a fifth tier side in Italy, posted a tribute to Gallaini on social media.

‘A silent leader on the pitch, an example for the comrades,’ the post read.

‘A boy with a kind and respectful soul. We will forever carry you in our hearts.’

Gallani was due to present his thesis in engineering at the University of Parma at the end of May, before starting an internship at Lamborghini.

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