Police investigating the suspected murder of a Greek footballer, 31

Police probe suspected murder of former Greek U21 international footballer ‘found suffocated in his car with his hands bound together and a belt around his neck’

  • According to reports in Greece, Nikos Tsoumanis was found dead in his car
  • It has been claimed he had his hands tied together and a belt around his neck
  • The 31-year-old’s family and friends had reported him missing just hours earlier
  • He could not be saved and police are now investigating his suspected murder 

Police are investigating the suspected murder of a Greek footballer after he was reportedly found suffocated in his car at the age of 31. 

Former Under-21 international Nikos Tsoumanis was found by the authorities in the coastal suburb of Kalamaria on Tuesday and was taken to hospital but could not be revived. 

The Athens-Macedonian News agency report that police are continuing to investigate his death, after he was found in his car at Nea Krini marina with his hands bound with a plastic tie-wrap.

Nikos Tsoumanis (left, pictured playing for Greece Under 21s against Germany U21s in 2011) has been found dead in his car at the age of 31

Tsoumanis is pictured after signing for Veria after leaving Panthrakikos back in 2015

Tsoumanis played for a variety of clubs around Greece during his playing career

Additionally, metrosport.gr report that he was found with a belt tied around his neck hours after his friends and family had reported him missing. 

Tsoumanis made two appearances for Greece U21s back in 2011, and was plying his trade for Makedonikos, having returned this summer 12 years after graduating from their academy.

He also enjoyed spells at clubs across Greece, including Corfu, Panthrakikos, Veria, Aris, Apollon Kalamaria and Xanthi.

A left back by trade, in total he made 126 appearances in his career, scoring four goals and assisting three more. 

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