Former Fulham and Portsmouth star Papa Bouba Diop has died on the age of 42.
The ex-Senegal midfielder misplaced his lengthy battle with sickness as his previous golf equipment paid tribute to him on social media.
Diop, who was nicknamed ‘The Wardrobe’ due to his 6ft 5ins measurement, additionally had spells in England with Birmingham and West Ham.
He joined Fulham in 2004 and spent three years in west London, earlier than signing for Portsmouth.
Diop helped Pompey win an FA Cup underneath the administration of Harry Redknapp in 2008.
He was additionally a part of one of many largest World Cup shocks when he scored the one objective in a 1-Zero group stage win over reigning champions France in 2002.
Fulham, Birmingham, Portsmouth and West Ham all expressed their unhappiness on the information.
Fulham mentioned: “We’re devastated to listen to information reviews this night that Papa Bouba Diop has handed away, aged 42. Relaxation nicely, Wardrobe.
In the meantime, Birmingham wrote: “We’re devastated to be taught of the passing of former participant Papa Bouba Diop on the age of 42.
“Our ideas are with Papa’s household and buddies at this extraordinarily tough time.”
Portsmouth mentioned: “We’re devastated to listen to reviews that FA Cup winner Papa Bouba Diop has handed away after a protracted sickness, aged simply 42. Relaxation in peace, The Wardrobe.”
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West Ham added: “Everybody at West Ham United is saddened to be taught of the passing of Papa Bouba Diop at simply 42.
“Part of our 2011/12 promotion-winning squad, he’ll at all times be part of our Membership. Our ideas are together with his household presently. Relaxation in peace, Papa.”