Former Fulham and Portsmouth star Papa Bouba Diop dies aged 42 after losing battle with illness

Former Fulham and Portsmouth star Papa Bouba Diop has died at the age of 42.
The ex-Senegal midfielder lost his long battle with illness as his old clubs paid tribute to him on social media.
Diop won an FA Cup with Portsmouth in 2008Getty Images – Getty
Diop, who was nicknamed ‘The Wardrobe’ because of his 6ft 5ins size, also had spells in England with Birmingham and West Ham.
Fulham said: “We are devastated to hear news reports this evening that Papa Bouba Diop has passed away, aged 42. Rest well, Wardrobe.

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We are devastated to hear news reports this evening that Papa Bouba Diop has passed away, aged 42.
Rest well, Wardrobe pic.twitter.com/rvU53Vqkmn
— Fulham Football Club (@FulhamFC) November 29, 2020

Meanwhile, Birmingham wrote: “We are devastated to learn of the passing of former player Papa Bouba Diop at the age of 42.
“Our thoughts are with Papa’s family and friends at this extremely difficult time.”

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We are devastated to learn of the passing of former player Papa Bouba Diop at the age of 42.
Our thoughts are with Papa’s family and friends at this extremely difficult time. pic.twitter.com/OAXuJScDMw
— Birmingham City FC (@BCFC) November 29, 2020

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