Sunderland and Stoke pay tribute to goalkeeper Marton Fulop

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Sunderland and Stoke City football clubs came together to pay tribute to former goalkeeper Marton Fulop following his death at the age of 32.

Fans, players and management took part in a minute's applause at the Stadium of Light ahead of the game against Stoke City this afternoon.

Fulop's shirt was also on show in the club's reception, while Sunderland supporters had raised money for a floral tribute to the club's former stopper.

Sunderland AFC tweeted: "Supporters have raised money for a floral tribute to Marton Fulop which has been laid at the memorial statue."

Earlier this month, Fulop’s former club MTK Budapest confirmed he had died following a long illness.

He played in England between 2004 and 2010 and was on the books of Tottenham, Ipswich and West Brom and also had loan spells with Manchester City, Stoke, Leicester, Chesterfield and Coventry.

Sunderland v Stoke City

Sunderland v Stoke City

But he is best remembered for his time at Sunderland, where he spent more than three years.

In the match-day programme, Margaret Byrne, chief executive, said: "Marton was much loved by everyone at Sunderland and at every club he played for.

"To be playing Stoke in our first home game since his terribly sad passing gives us the opportunity for both clubs to pay tribute to him and we hope his family will gain some comfort from the show of support."

Manager Sam Allardyce added: "It is tragic that Marton has passed away at the very young age of 32 but I understand that he was immensely well thought of and we will pay our own tribute this afternoon."