Scottish footballer, 28, fell to death from seventh floor of hotel in Turkey

A British tourist who died in Istanbul after falling from a seventh floor hotel window has been named as footballer Anthony McDowall. 

The Scot, from Glasgow, was seen clinging to a ledge outside the building before he fell to his death. 

Friends have paid tribute to Anthony, 28, calling him an ‘incredible pal’ and ‘one of the nicest and most genuine guys.’

Local reports said he was visiting Istanbul with his American ex-girlfriend and another friend and had only arrived in the Turkish capital on September 15 – the day before his death. 

His former football team, Glasgow’s Southside United AFC, paid tribute in a statement posted online. 

It said: ‘We are devastated to hear the news of the passing of Tony McDowall whilst on holiday.

‘Tony played a huge role when we gained promotion to the premier division .Tony was a great player and more importantly a great guy. Our thoughts are with his family & friends.’

Anthony was originally from the Isle of Arran and the local football club on the island said the community was ‘devastated’ at his death.


A tribute posed on Facebook said: ‘A great footballer, athlete and an even better person…The club and the island will miss him immensely and our thoughts go out to his family and friends at this horrible time.’

Other tributes said he was a ‘great talent’, irreplaceable’ and someone who would ‘always be there when needed.’

Authorities in Turkey are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death. 

It is understood Anthony’s family have travelled to Istanbul. 

A Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office spokesperson said: ‘We are supporting the family of a British man following his death in Turkey and are in touch with the local authorities.’

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