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Chelsea legend Ray Wilkins died today following a cardiac arrest at the age of 61.

Wilkins had been treated in St George’s Hospital in Tooting, south-west London, since last Friday.

An officialstatement from Chelsea read:

“Everybody associated with Chelsea Football Club is devastated to learn of the passing of our former player, captain and assistant coach, Ray Wilkins. Rest in peace, Ray, you will be dreadfully missed.”

Wilkins was a regular pundit on on talkSPORT and Sky Sports and had worked there shortly before suffering the cardiac arrest, and was taken to St George’s Hospital on Friday.

In a club career of almost 700 appearances, he played for 11 clubs in total, including Chelsea, Manchester United, AC Milan, Paris St Germain, QPR ( twice) Millwall, Crystal Palace, Leyton Orient. He was capped 84 times by England and sent off in the 1986 World Cup.

As assistant to Carlo Ancelotti, he played a part in Chelsea’s first Premier League and FA Cup double in 2010, leading to the Italian describing Wilkins as “a real blue-blood” in his autobiography.

After leaving Stamford Bridge, Wilkins worked on the coaching staff at Fulham and Aston Villa and also managed the Jordan national team before latterly moving into TV work.

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A sad day for many football fans around the world: little hero and Sunderland huge fan Braedley Lowery has passed away this afternoon.

Bradley was only 6 and lost his fight against neuroblastoma.

He became- unfortunately-famous for his fight because he was a football fan, but above all a die-hard Sunderland fan and in the last two years he became a sort of Black Cats mascot.

Last december he was the protagonist of the pre-match when Chelsea visited the Stadium of Light: he was playing with the players on the pitch during the warm-up and he kicked a penalty, with fans in the stadium chanting his name.

He had a special bond with Sunderland striker Jermaine Defoe who became his “best friend” and was often visiting him at the hospital or at home: Defoe was also with Bradley when he was England mascot at Wembley last March and their hug during the national anthem touched many people around the world.

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Chelsea remembered Bradley with a couple of tweets:

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This is the post that Bradley’s mum shared on his official Facebook page to announce the passing of the little hero:

My brave boy has went with the angels today 07/07/17 at 13:35, in mammy and daddies arms surrounded by his family.

He was our little superhero and put the biggest fight up but he was needed else where.

There are no words to describe how heart broken we are.

Thank you everyone for all your support and kind words.

Sleep tight baby boy and fly high with them angels

Our thoughts and prayers are with Bradley’s family and friend in this hard time: his courage, passion and smile will be remembered forever.

 

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A sad day for José Mourinho and his family: the Chelsea boss is mourning the death of his father, José Manuel Mourinho Felix, who died today after fighting for two years following a brain hemorrhage in 2015.

Mourinho Sr, who was 79, was a player and a football coach as well: he played as a goalkeeper in Vitoria de Setúbal and Belenenses, gaining also some caps in the Portuguese national teams, and managed several Portuguese teams after he retired from played football.

His son José started to learn about football coaching doing opponent analysis for his father as a kid and their bond was special: Mourinho travelled a lot to Portugal to visit his ill father through-out these two years, especially in summer 2015 when he still was Chelsea manager.

Mourinho himself posted a photo of him as a child with his father on his Ïnstagram account, a message that preceded the news of José Mourinho Sr. death.

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Our condolences to him and his family.

Ex Newcastle star Cheick Tioté died today after collapsing during training with his team-mates at Bejing Enterprises in China.

The news was confirmed by several media in China and by the hospital where Tioté was assisted and where he died after being admitted in desperate conditions.

Tioté, who was born in Ivory Coast and was 30, started his professional career at Anderlecht in 2005, he moved to FC Twente in 2008 and then he signed for Newcastle in 2010, where he remained seven years, until he signed for Bejing Enterprises last February.

He won the Africa Nations Cup with Ivory Coast in 2015 and was runner-up in the same competition in 2012.

 

 

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Chelsea paid tribute to Spurs U23 coach Ugo Ehiogu, who died this morning after suffering a cardiac arrest while working at Tottenham training ground in Enfield yesterday.

The official statement read:

Chelsea Football Club sends our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Ugo Ehiogu, and our opponents tomorrow Tottenham Hotspur following the passing of their Under-23s coach this morning. 

The FA have confirmed both teams will wear black armbands at Wembley and there will be a minute’s applause prior to kick-off. 

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Ugo Ehiogu died today after suffering a cardiac arrest at Spurs training ground yesterday. He was only 44.

Tottenham were hit by the tragic death of their U23 coach Ugo Ehiogu in the eve of the important FA Cup clash against Chelsea.

The former Aston Villa and Boro defender died this morning after being hospitalized yesterday.

Ehiogu, who was just 44 and collected also 4 England caps in his career, collapsed at Spurs training ground while working and was rushed to hospital but died today for the consequences of a cardiac arrest.

This is the official note that Tottenham published on their website to announce the sad news:

Ugo received immediate treatment after suffering a cardiac arrest at the Training Centre yesterday before being transferred to hospital, where he passed away in the early hours of this morning.

Head of Coaching and Player Development John McDermott said: “Words cannot express the shock and sadness that we all feel at the Club. Ugo’s immense presence will be irreplaceable. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to his wife Gemma and his family.”

The Club sends its deepest condolences to Ugo’s family.

Gemma has specifically asked that the family are given privacy at this difficult time.

We should also like to place on record our thanks to all the medical professionals including those at North Middlesex University Hospital, Royal Brompton Hospital and Harefield Hospital for their care and support.

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A huge tragedy hit football world today: Brazilian team Chapecoense, on their way to Medellin to play Atletico Nacional in the Copa Sudamericana final ( the South American equivalent of Europa League) were left decimate after their plane crashed some miles away from the Colombian city, while trying an emergency landing.

It is believed the plane was short of fuel or had some electrical system issues.

82 passengers among Chapecoense employees, crew members and journalists and only six of them survived at the moment, even if some are in critical conditions.

The survivors are three players, Alan Ruschel, 27, full back who suffered a spinal cord injury; Helio Zampier Neto, 31, defender who is in very critical conditions for cerebral trauma; second goalkeeper Jackson Follman, 24, whose conditions are unknown; a journalist and a couple of crew members.

First goalkeeper Danilo initially survived the crash but died later in the hospital because of the seriousness of his injuries.

The Brazilian club from Chapeco – an industrial city in the south of the country- was founded in 1973 and was the protagonist of a little sport fairytale: they were in the fourth league in 2009 and managed to reach Brazilian Serie A in 2014, getting an immediate qualification to international competitions.

They were in the highest point of their history, since they were supposed to face Atletico Nacional de Medellin in the Copa Sudamericana final, after beating Argentinian side San Lorenzo in the semifinals last week.

Their dream and their fairytale ended brutally this morning, at 3 am GMT, when their plane crashed, leaving devastated their families and millions of football fans around the world.

Atletico Nacional proposed to give them the Copa Sudamericana “ad honorem”, while other Brazilian Serie A clubs proposed to help Chapecoense with free loans for the next three years, where the team will be saved from relegation.

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A terrible news for Chelsea star Willian: the Brazilian winger lost his beloved mother after a two-year-battle with a brain tumour.

She died right after his son touched down in London coming back from his duties with the Brazilian national team and it’s still uncertain if he will take part to the Leicester City‘s game.

This is Willian’s farewell on his Instagram profile:

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Our sympathy to Willian and his family in this terrible moment.

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Chelsea skipper John Terry offered to pay the funeral of a young Chelsea fan that died from the leukemia.

Young Blues supporter Tommi Miller, only 8, died after an unsuccessful attempt to carry out a bone marrow transplant.

Tommi, from Cambridge, met John Terry, his idol, and other players from Chelsea squad last May making one of his dreams come true.

“Having had the pleasure of meeting Tommi at a Chelsea game I was totally devastated to hear of him passing away,” said the Blues captain to Cambridge News.

“I’m sure his family and friends will give him the send off he deserves.”

The funeral for Tommi will take place on Thursday April 14, with attendees encouraged to wear either Chelsea or Cambridge United shirts at the service.

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Tommi and his idols when they met last year at a Chelsea game

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Ex Chelsea goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini paid tribute to football legend Johan Cruyff, who died today aged 68 in Barcelona after a battle with cancer.

While speaking to Goal.com the Italian former player- now coaching Ireland U21– said:

“It is such a great loss for the football world, he was the best player in the world at his time. 

“He always came across as a great man who has an unbelievable knowledge in football and I think he changed the way football was played.

“He changed the mentality with a lot of players in Barcelona and he’s been an amazing figure in football.

“As a manager he left a big imprint on the football coaching (world).

“I want to post my condolences to his family and the people who are close to him.”

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