Millwall have announced the tragic death of goalkeeper Matija Sarkic at the age of 26.

The eight-cap Montenegro shot-stopper made 33 appearances in all competitions for the Lions last season.

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Goalkeeper Matija Sarkic has died at the age of 26[/caption]

It is the second tragedy to hit the London outfit in the last 12 months following the death of owner and chairman John Berylson last July.

A club statement read: “Millwall Football Club is completely devastated to announce that Matija Sarkic has passed away at the age of 26.

“Sarkic, The Lions’ number one goalkeeper, made 33 appearances for the club since joining from Wolverhampton Wanderers in August 2023.

“A Montenegro international, Matija proudly represented his country on numerous occasions.

“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.”

Tributes have been quick to flood in, with Millwall’s Supporters’ Club posting: “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.”

His former Aston Villa teammate Viljami Sinisalo said: “RIP Matija Sarkic, Shocking news to wake up to this morning, World such a cruel place sometimes, an amazing person and a great friend!

“Huge condolences to all his family and close ones.”

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