The news of the sudden death of Derry City FC captain Ryan McBride has sent shock waves through the game and his local community.
It was widely reported on Sunday evening that the 27-year-old died suddenly at his family home in Derry earlier in the day.
Many people have taken to social media to express their shock and to pay 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.
Former Republic of Ireland legend Paul McGrath tweeted:
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 expressed its sympathy.
News of his passing has evoked a deep sense of loss and profound shock.
The 27-year-old 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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