Former Senegal international ,Papa Bouba Diop has passed away after a long illness at the age of 42.
Diop was one of the heroes of Senegal’s memorable run to the 2002 World Cup quarter-finals, scoring the only goal in a shock 1-0 victory over then-holders France in their opening game.
Diop played for Fulham and Portsmouth in the Premier League and won FA Cup.
FIFA confirmed the news on Sunday evening after several reports had emerged, although further details of his passing are not yet clear.
Tributes are already pouring in for Diop, including former club Fulham who tweeted: ‘We are devastated to hear news reports this evening that Papa Bouba Diop has passed away, aged 42. Rest well, Wardrobe’.
He played for clubs in Switzerland,France nd Greece, and then returned to play in England for West Ham United and then Birmingham City before his retirement in 2013.