Biermann admits suicide attempt

A second division player in Germany has admitted he tried to commit suicide last month because of depression.

Andreas Biermann, who plays for Hamburg-based team St Pauli, issued a statement saying he has been in a treatment clinic since November 13.

The statement began: "I, Andreas Biermann, 29 years old, married and the father of two children, and a professional football player and have suffered for several years with depression.

"On 20 October 2009 I tried to take my own life."

He did not disclose details to his suicide attempt, but thanked the club, his family and his agent for their support and claimed he was making it public in order to encourage other people suffering from the illness to seek help.

Germany goalkeeper Robert Enke committed suicide 10 days ago after battling depression.