Former Sunderland and Ipswich goalkeeper Marton Fulop has died at the age of 32 following a two and a half year battle with cancer. The Hungarian had most recently been playing in Greece when a tumour was discovered in his arm which forced him to take a break from the game.
Sadly, he was unable to overcome his illness and his passing was announced earlier today.
— Ipswich Town FC (@IpswichTown) November 12, 2015
The Hungarian stopper was first brought to England by Spurs before a series of loans saw him end up playing under Roy Keane at Sunderland. An emergency loan at Man City followed before he linked up with Keane once more at Ipswich. After a year long stint at West Brom he left English football to join Asteras Tripoli in Greece.
Tributes are beginning to come through from those within the game for a man who was obviously very well liked.
So sad to hear the news of Marton Fulop. Spent a lot of time with him @SunderlandAFC one of the good guys. Thoughts with his family.
— Danny Higginbotham (@Higginbotham05) November 12, 2015
Sunderland chief executive Margaret Byrne said passed on the club's sympathies.
We are devastated to hear of Marton’s passing. He was a genuinely lovely man, liked and respected by everyone at the club during his four years with us.
It is desperately sad when we lose a member of our Sunderland family but to lose one so young and in such circumstances is simply heart-breaking.
The thoughts and prayers of everyone at the club are with Marton’s family and friends at this terribly sad time.