Tributes pour in for Millwall goalkeeper Matija Sarkic, who has died aged 26

Matija Sarkic
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Tributes have been paid to goalkeeper Matija Sarkic, who has died at the age of 26. The shot-stopper passed away unexpectedly after a sudden illness.

It has been reported that Sarkic fell ill at an apartment in the town of Budva in Montenegro on Saturday morning. It happened despite immediate medical attention.

“Millwall Football Club is completely devastated to announce that Matija Sarkic has passed away at the age of 26,” the Sky Bet Championship club said in a statement. “Everyone at the club sends their love and condolences to Matija’s family and friends at this immensely sad time.

“The club will make no further comment at this time and asks that the privacy of Matija’s family is respected.”

Grimsby-born Sarkic began his career in Anderlecht’s academy before joining Aston Villa in 2015. Sarkic had loan spells at Wigan, Stratford, Havant and Waterlooville and Livingston and moved to Wolves in 2020.

He played 60 games during loan spells at Shrewsbury, Birmingham and Stoke before joining Millwall last August, where he made 33 appearances. Sarkic made his Montenegro debut against Belarus in 2019 and was on international duty last week for a friendly against Belgium.

Millwall Supporters' Club posted on X: "What horrendous news to wake up to this morning that our goalkeeper Matija Sarkic has died at the young age of 26. Devastating news for his friends and family and for all of us associated with Millwall. Once a lion, always a lion."

Tributes continued to pour in for Sarkic, with one Birmingham City fan posting: "Heartbreaking news this morning that our former goalkeeper Matija Sarkic has tragically passed away at the age of 26. Rest in peace." "I'm absolutely speechless reading the news," a Millwall supporter also posted. "RIP Matija Sarkic."

Another said: "Unbelievably sad news this morning regarding Matija Sarkic, 26 is no age. Thoughts are with his family and friends at this terribly sad time." A Stoke fan wrote: "Deepest condolences to his family and friends and all at Millwall." A second added: "RIP Matija Sarkic. A really humble man taken too soon."