The news of the sudden death of Derry City FC captain Ryan McBride has sent shock waves through the game and his local community.
The 27-year-old died suddenly at his family home in Derry yesterday.
Many people in the game have expressed their shock and paid tribute to the talented player, who on Saturday had helped his side to a 4-0 win over Drogheda as they maintained their 100% record for the new season.
The President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins, a big soccer fan, is among those to express their sympathies.
This morning he tweeted:
There have been many message on social media, including this one from former Republic of Ireland legend Paul McGrath:
And a spokesperson for the League of Ireland's Players' union, the PFA, commented:
Cork City FC posted the following
The Irish Football Association has also expressed its sympathy.
News of his passing has evoked a deep sense of loss and profound shock.
The defender, who lived near the Brandywell, was a real favourite with the Derry fans.
It is not yet known what was the cause of his death.
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