Posted July 30, 2018 07:37:47Sydney FC have lost their best player for the season, captain Tom Rogic, for the international break, the club has confirmed.
The club’s national football team have announced Rogic has passed away at the age of 36.
Sydneys coach, David Gallop, said Rogic had suffered from asthma and had been in and out of hospital since February.
“He has had asthma for a number of years and the fact that he had the problem for a while now, it is obviously very difficult for him and his family,” Gallop said.
“Tom Rogic was our captain and was always an important part of our team and we wish him all the best in his final days.”
The club said Rogica’s death had “a profound impact” on the squad.
“This is a very difficult time for us,” Gallops said.
“We want to pay tribute to Tom and his contribution to our club and our footballing tradition.”
“His presence and his professionalism and the way he has served the club and the community is very much missed.”‘
It hurts’The club has offered a statement saying Rogica was “a huge influence” on players, staff and staff.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this very difficult moment,” it read.
“The club is devastated by this terrible loss and we will continue to offer our sincere condolences to Tom’s family.”
“The football club and its players and staff are devastated by the news of the death of our captain Tom,” the statement added.
“We wish to extend our sincere sympathies to his family and all those affected by this tragic incident.”
It’s not the first time Rogic’s death has been under investigation.
In August 2018, the Australian Football Anti-Doping Authority (AAFDA) confirmed a suspected violation of the World Anti-doping Agency (WADA) Code of Conduct in the case of former Socceroos captain and now Australia international John Asiata.
The investigation into the case has been suspended pending the outcome of the investigation.
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