Woonsocket Call

Fadil Vokrri, 57; Kosovo soc­cer star

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PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Fadil Vokrri, the pres­i­dent of the Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion of Kosovo and a for­mer Yu­goslavia in­ter­na­tional, died of a heart at­tack on Satur­day. He was 57.

Kosovo Pres­i­dent Hashim Thaci de­clared Sun­day a day of mourn­ing “as a sign of state and civic re­spect.” State flags will be at half-staff.

“Kosovo foot­ball has lost its great­est leg­end,” Prime Min­is­ter Ra­mush Harad­i­naj said.

“Fadil was a dis­tin­guished per­son­al­ity in sports not only in Kosovo but also in the in­ter­na­tional arena, turn­ing into an ex­am­ple how to work to achieve successes.”

UEFA Pres­i­dent Alek­sander Ce­ferin ex­pressed deep sym­pa­thy, adding Vokrri was “the key fig­ure in Kosovo’s foot­ball de­vel­op­ment which led to the Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion of Kosovo be­com­ing a mem­ber of UEFA in 2016.”

“We are shocked and deeply sad­dened to hear of the pass­ing of Fadil Vokrri.”

Vokrri be­came the first post-in­de­pen­dence pres­i­dent of the Kosovo fed­er­a­tion in 2008, and was re-elected twice.

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