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Darko Kovacevic

Former Serbian and Olympiakos soccer player, Darko Kovacevic was shot outside his home in Glyfada, Athens on Tuesday.

The ex-international striker was taken to a nearby hospital for wrist and knee injuries after dodging a bullet while being attacked by two men as he was getting out of his car in the affluent southern Athens neighbourhood.

The 46-year-old told reporters after leaving hospital: “I saw a man getting out of a car with a gun in his hand and coming towards me.

“I instinctively dived to the right and he fired at me. Then he ran, got into the car and disappeared.”

Authorities announced the assailant fired shots from a Smart car as Kovacevic was getting out of his car and the getaway car was found in flames near Glyfada. A gun believed to have been used in the attack was found inside the vehicle.

Police announced they are not clear as to why Kovacevic had been targeted, however, they believe the shooting may have been a threat and there was no intention to actually kill the former athlete.

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