Edinburgh youth footballers die in separate incidents

Two youth footballers are reported to have died today in separate incidents, Hibernian FC and Tynecastle FC said.

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'Rivalry no longer matters', say football team mates

Fellow youth football team members have said it is "heartbreaking" that Hibernian player David Paul and Tynecastle's Jamie Skinner died tragically today.

Hibernian striker and fellow team mate Jay Doyle said:

St Mirren defender Danny Grainger, who formerly played for Hearts, tweeted:

Mark Durnan, midfielder for Queen of the South said:

Teams pay tribute to Hibernian and Tynecastle players


Hearts pay tribute to Under-20 and 14 footballers

Heart of Midlothian Youth Development Committee paid tribute to David Paul, 18, and Jamie Skinner, 13, who was a player for Hearts before joining Tynecastle.

Jamie was a talented and athletic young footballer who was a member of Hearts U14 squad for the first half of this season. Our thoughts are with Jamie’s family and friends at this sad time.

Later in the day, equally sad news emerged that Hibernian’s U20 starlet David Paul had died in his sleep overnight. Again our thoughts and deepest sympathies go to David’s family and friends.

Tynecastle youth player had 'bright future in the game'

A minutes silence will be held by all Tyncastle football teams, the club said today in a statement, after Under-14s player Jamie Skinner died during a match. The club added that it was is in "total shock" over the matter:

Although Jamie was new to our Tynecastle family, he had up until recently been playing for Hearts, he was a prospect that undoubtedly would have had a bright future in the game.

No words can fully express our grief and dismay at seeing this happen, we can only pass on all our thoughts and prayers to friends and family and hope they will get some strength from the out pouring of love and support from everyone.

Hibernian FC 'deeply affected' by youth player's death

Hibernian FC chairman Rod Petrie has said that the "untimely" death of promising midfielder David Paul, 18, had "deeply affected" everyone at the club. He added:

David was a talented and promising young footballer, and a fine young man. Our thoughts - and the thoughts of the entire Hibernian community - are with his family at this dreadful and difficult time for them.

Whilst we understand that people will wish to offer their support, we hope that the wishes of the family for privacy will be respected.

Tynecastle: 'Dreadful day' for Edinburgh youth football

Tynecastle FC has said it is a "dreadful day" for youth football in Edinburgh after 13-year-old player Jamie Skinner and Hibernian youth footballer David Paul, 18, died today in separate incidents.


Scottish FA pay tribute to football pair after death

The Scottish Football Association have paid tribute to Tynecastle footballer 13-year-old Jamie Skinner and Hibernian player 18-year-old David Paul, after both youths tragically died today.

Two youth footballers die in separate incidents

Two youth footballers are reported to have died today in separate incidents, Hibernian FC and Tynecastle FC said.

Hibernian said on their official website that 18-year-old David Paul passed away in the early hours of Sunday, with no suspicious circumstances, while Tynecastle reported the death of 13-year-old player Jamie Skinner during a match today.

Tynecastle FC said Jamie would have had a bright future in the game and everyone at the club was "in total shock" at his death. Jamie moved to the club recently after playing for Hearts Under-14s.

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