Soccer Star Threatens to Kill Himself on Bridge

A suicidal player at French football club Nice who threatened to throw himself off the Magnan Bridge is reportedly now out of danger.

French news outlets RMC Sport and Nice-Matin reported the footballer has been taken to safety by firefighters after several hours of negotiations.

Police officers and a psychologist from the Ligue 1 club were also involved in helping the player on Friday morning.

Nice-Matin reported the young player was suicidal following a break-up, though this has been denied by his representatives.

BFMTV said the footballer stood on the 100 metre high Magnan viaduct, located on the A8 motorway to the north-west of the city of Nice.   

The player reportedly pulled up by the side of the road and threatened to jump off. 

The club cancelled its press conference with coach Francesco Farioli scheduled for Friday with ‘crisis talks’ going on behind the scenes. 

French outlet Instant Foot quoted the player’s agent, saying: ‘The stories about the romantic break-up are false. This has absolutely nothing to do with it and is out of context.’ 

Nice are currently second in the French top division table and have a home fixture at the Allianz Riviera against the leaders Brest on Sunday. 

Their manager Eric Roy, giving a press conference on Friday ahead of the game, said: ‘I would like to give, as well as the entire club, my support to Nice with regard to the current events.

‘I am hoping that it ends as well as possible. My heart goes out to them.’ 

Reports said a 6km traffic jam had formed as a result of the incident with traffic restricted on this important route. 

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