Dalian Atkinson of Aston Villa

The soccer world has reacted with shock to the news that ex-Aston Villa star Dalian Atkinson has died after he was shot by police with a Taser gun in the early hours of this morning.

Officers were called to a home in Meadow Close, Telford, Shrophire in the early hours of this morning amid concerns “for the safety of an individual”.

West Mercia Police said the 48-year-old man was given medical treatment after being hit by a stun gun but died around 90 minutes later.

An ambulance spokesman said while the man was being taken to Princess Royal Hospital his condition deteriorated and he suffered a cardiac arrest.

He was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the medical facility.

Atkinson’s wonder goal against Wimbledon during a 3-2 win in October 1992 was named Match of the Day’s goal of the season.

In 1994, he scored at Wembley as Villa beat Manchester United to lift the League Cup.

Atkinson started his career at Ipswich and then played for Sheffield Wednesday and Spanish side Real Sociedad before moving to Villa.

The police use of Tasers is intended as a non-lethal weapon.

The incident has now been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).