Former Fulham midfielder Papa Bouba Diop dies at the age of 42

Former Fulham midfielder and Senegal World Cup hero Papa Bouba Diop has passed away at the relatively young age of 42.

Former Fulham midfielder Papa Bouba Diop dies at the age of 42: Nicknamed “The Wardrobe” he became a hero playing for Senegal during the World Cup in 2002 when he aided the country’s team to the quarter finals and also scoring the winning goal against France in a shock win for them in the opening game of the tournament. He played midfield for Fulham between 2004-2007 and in 2008 was a team member for Portsmouth when they lifted the FA Cup.

He also played for West Ham near the end of his career. FIFA made an announcement yesterday (Sunday) evening saying “FIFA is saddened to learn of the passing of Senegal legend Papa Bouba Diop. Once a World Cup hero, always a World Cup hero.” On hearing the news Fulham tweeted “We are devastated to hear news reports this evening that Papa Bouba Diop has passed away, aged 42.

Rest well, Wardrobe.” West Ham United also took to Twitter to say “Everyone at West Ham United is saddened to learn of the passing of Papa Bouba Diop at just 42. A part of our 2011/12 promotion-winning squad, he’ll always be a part of our club. Our thoughts are with his family at this time. Rest in peace, Papa.”


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