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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Former Star Shot Dead in Capital

Former Russian international striker Yury Tishkov was shot dead in central Moscow on Saturday, police have confirmed. He was 31.

Tishkov's body was found with three gunshot wounds in the early hours of Saturday morning close to his apartment building, police said.

"I'm shocked by the news," executive director of the Russian Football Union Alexander Tukmanov told Ekho Moskvy radio.

"He was a good player, a good soccer commentator and wanted to make a career in soccer business. I'm really saddened by his loss."

After a broken leg effectively ended his playing career in 1993, Tishkov headed a well-known Moscow agency representing players. Police believe his death could be linked to his business.

Tishkov, one of Russia's most talented young strikers in the early 1990s, made a name for himself playing for Torpedo Moscow, where he was the top scorer in the UEFA Cup one season.

But his promising career was cut short after an opposing player broke his leg in several places with a vicious tackle during a cup game in 1993.

The player, Sergei Bodak, received a lifetime ban from the Russian Professional Football League that was later lifted.

Tishkov made several attempts at a comeback, but never regained his old form and finally retired from the game in 1998. He quickly established himself as a prominent soccer commentator before starting his own business.

The Tishkov killing is the latest in a series of violent crimes against high-profile sports people in Russia in recent years.