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PFA saddened by news of Andreas Biermann

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All at the PFA would like to offer their condolences to the family, friends and team-mates of Andreas Biermann. 

The German ex-professional footballer sadly took his own life on Saturday, following a long battle with depression.

The former Hertha Berlin player struggled with depression for over five years. He published a book called "Depression: Red Card" where he discussed his fight with the illness.

The 33-year-old last played for FSV Spandauer Kickers, based in Berlin.

In a short statement on the club's official website, they expressed their sympathy:

"Our senior player Andreas Biermann had a depressive illness which he could not overcome, and he died yesterday morning.

"Our sympathy is with his family."

Biermann had previously revealed that he was suffering from depression following the suicide of Robert Enke in 2009.

He had previously tried to take his own life on three occasions, one of which was in October 2009. He released a statement through his then club, St Pauli:

"I, Andreas Biermann, 29 years old, married and father of two children, am a professional football player at FC St. Pauli and have been suffering for several years from depression. I tried to take the life of me on 20 October 2009."

Biermann came through the ranks of Hertha BSC, before playing for Union Berlin and St Pauli. The club paid tribute in a statement:

"Some events leave us speechless: Hertha BSC, club management, committees, members and fans are in their thoughts with his family, relatives and friends."

In England, the PFA has been addressing issues of emotional well-being and addiction for 14 years. The union has a 24/7 helpline that is available 365 days of the year if members need someone to talk to, as well as a nation-wide network of 36 counsellors for current and former players to access.

In addition the PFA is proud to work with Sporting Chance Clinic, supporting and funding a safe, dedicated environment where sportsmen and women can receive support and counselling.

PFA members can speak with us privately and in confidence: