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Swans to retire Besian's shirt

Posted on: Tue 18 May 2010

Swansea City will retire Besian Idrizaj's No 40 shirt in honour of the striker who sadly passed away on the weekend.

The news comes on the day the 22-year-old will be laid to rest "where his roots were" in Kosovo, near the birthplace of his Albanian father.

Besian passed away in his sleep while at home with his family in Linz, Austria, on the weekend with a suspected heart-attack.

The former Liverpool striker and Austrian Player of the Year will also be honoured with a minute's silence at tonight's Under-21 international between Austria and Wales in Parndorf.

Austrian football bosses have also instructed for a minute's silent reflection before Wednesday night's senior international with Croatia as a mark of respect.

Besian Idrizaj

The Swans will pay their own respects before Saturday's FAW Welsh Youth Cup final between Swansea City and Wrexham at the Liberty Stadium (3pm).

Club chaplain Kevin Johns will perform a short ceremony before announcing a minute's silence in honour of the popular Swans player.

Tickets for the game are free for the under-18s and just £5 for adults. They are available now at the Liberty Stadium ticket office. Tel: 08700 400 004.

We have published a special section dedicated to the Swans striker where fans can express their thoughts and offer their condolences to his family HERE.

You can email your messages now to - mark the subject Besian.

Fans can also lay flowers and tributes at the Liberty Stadium gates near the Ivor Allchurch statue.

Besian Idrizaj

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