Tragic Loss for Football: Montenegro Star Matija Sarkic Dies at 26

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Sudden Illness Strikes on International Duty

The football community is in mourning following the sudden death of Montenegro international and Millwall goalkeeper, Matija Sarkic. The 26-year-old athlete fell ill unexpectedly while on international duty in Budva, Montenegro. Reports from Montenegrin TV outlet RTCG indicate that Sarkic had spent time with friends and had dinner, only to feel unwell early in the morning, an ambulance was called to no avail.

Millwall and Football World Pay Tribute

Millwall Football Club confirmed the heartbreaking news, prompting an outpouring of condolences and tributes from clubs across the UK where Sarkic had played, including Wolves, Aston Villa, Birmingham, and Stoke. The shock of the loss was echoed by his former Villa teammate, Finnish goalkeeper Viljami Sinisalo, who expressed his sorrow and extended his sympathies to Sarkic’s loved ones.

“Once a Lion, Always a Lion”

The Millwall supporters club and fans alike have expressed their devastation at the loss of Sarkic, who had made a significant impact at the club since joining from Wolverhampton Wanderers. The sentiment of loss and respect was shared by Steve Hunt from Stoke City’s community trust and Paul Delves, vice-chairman of the Birmingham City official supporters club, highlighting Sarkic’s character both on and off the pitch.

A Promising Career Cut Short

Sarkic’s journey in football took him from Anderlecht’s academy to Aston Villa, and through various loan spells at clubs including Shrewsbury, Birmingham, and Stoke, before his permanent move to Millwall. Recognized for his talent, he was honoured as Birmingham City’s Player of the Season in 2022 and proudly represented Montenegro internationally.

Club Statement and Career Highlights

Millwall Football Club released a statement expressing their devastation and extending their deepest condolences to Sarkic‘s family and friends. They also requested privacy for the family during this difficult time. Sarkic’s career was marked by his dedication and achievements across several clubs and his service to his national team.

The football world has lost a bright talent and a respected player, and Matija Sarkic will be remembered for his contributions to the sport and the communities he was a part of. His untimely passing is a stark reminder of the fragility of life and the bonds that hold the football family together in times of joy and sorrow.

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