Goalkeeper Marton Fulop dies aged 32

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Former Sunderland and Ipswich Town goalkeeper Marton Fulop has died at just 32 years of age.

The ex-Hungary international had a cancer tumour removed from his arm in 2013 and was cleared to continue his career as a professional footballer but chose not to do so.

He made 47 appearances in his time at Sunderland between 2006 and 2010. Fulop played his last game for town in 2011, with him playing 38 games in total for the Championship side.

The Hungarian also played for Premier League clubs Tottenham Hotspur and West Bromwich Albion.

The goalkeeper also had stints at Chesterfield, Coventry City, Leicester City, Stoke City and Manchester City.

Fulop last played professional football for Greek side Asteras Tripolis in the 2012/2013 campaign.

A number have clubs have paid tribute to the Budapest born keeper, including Ipswich Town, who tweeted: “Our thoughts are with Marton’s friends and family at this immensely difficult time. He was aged just 32.”

West Brom keeper Ben Foster, who trained alongside Fulop when at The Hawthorns between 2011 and 2012, tweeted: “Rest in Peace Marton Fulop, one of the good guys and taken way too early. Thoughts and love go to the Fulop family.”

Former Sunderland defender and team-mate Danny Higginbotham also tweeted: “So sad to hear the news of Marton Fulop. Spent a lot of time with him at Sunderland – one of the good guys. Thoughts with his family.”

Sunderland also passed on their condolences through social media, they tweeted: “#SAFC are saddened to hear of the death of former keeper Marton Fulop. Our thoughts are with his family at this time.”

By Drew Darbyshire (@DarbySports)

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