Danny Higginbotham pays tribute to “lovely fella” Marton Fulop after ex-Sunderland goalkeeper’s death

Former Sunderland goalkeeper Marton Fulop has died at the age of 32.

Former Sunderland goalkeeper Marton Fulop has died at the age of 32.

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Former Sunderland defender Danny Higginbotham has described former team-mate Marton Fulop as a “lovely, lovely fella” after his death at the age of 32.

Hungarian goalkeeper Fulop died this morning after a battle with cancer.

Danny Higginbotham, left, in action during his Sunderland playing days.

Danny Higginbotham, left, in action during his Sunderland playing days.

He played for Sunderland between 2006 and 2010, and spent a season playing alongside Higginbotham, who got to know him well.

Higginbotham said: “It’s awful news. He was a real good guy and character.

“I spent quite a lot of time with him. and we spoke about a lot of things.

“He was a genuinely lovely, lovely fella, and I got to know him quite well.

“I just feel for his family and hope they’re alright.”

Higginbotham added: “He was always a lad who would have a laugh. He took training very, very seriously, and sometimes would get quite angry, which is fine.

“You’ll struggle to find anyone with a bad word to say about Marton. He was such a lovely guy and it is terrible, tragic news.

“Regardless of how good a goalkeeper was, he was a great man.

“He did a lot of impressions of different people. He would always make a laugh and a joke about things. He had a very strange laugh, but it was infectious. He was a terrific man.”