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West Brom have paid tribute to Williams Martinez following the tragic news of the Uruguayan’s sudden death, aged just 38.
Martinez played for the Baggies on loan back in 2006, scoring one Premier League goal during a 2-2 draw with Everton.
The central defender enjoyed a long and varied career, playing for 15 different clubs in 20-years.
Martinez was currently playing for Uruguay Segunda Division team Villa Teresa at the time of his passing.
Matches in Uruguay were suspended following the news, and the Uruguayan FA posted a message of support on their social media account.
Martinez scored one goal for West Brom during his spell in English football
“We regret with deep pain and shock the death of the Uruguayan player Williams Martínez. Our condolences to your family and friends.”
Villa Teresa posted: “Club Atlético Villa Teresa deeply regrets the passing of our main squad player Williams Martinez, his family, friends and relatives our deepest condolences.”
Albion tweeted: “We’re deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our former player, Williams Martínez.
“Our thoughts are with his friends and family. Rest in peace.”
Martinez’s former teammate at the Hawthorns Jonathan Greening replied to West Brom’s post in a state of shock, “No f****** way”.
Martinez made one appearance for the national team back in 2003 and compatriot Luis Suarez posted his own tribute on social media, reading: “What sad news the loss of Williams Martínez . Much strength for your friends and family. RIP Williams ”.
Martinez also played in the French top-flight for Valenciennes
He started his career with Defensor Sporting, where he was made captain, before joining West Brom and then Valenciennes in France.
After a loan spell with Reims, he returned to Defensor, before spells in Argentina with Chacarita Juniors and in Chile with Huachipato and Palestino.
The defender then moved to Cerro Porteno in Paraguay, before returning to Uruguay with River Plate Monitevideo.
From 2015, he has played with Cerro, Deportivo Tachira and Ceuta, as well as more spells at River Plate and Rampla.
He joined Villa Teresa earlier this year, but had been out of the squad in recent weeks.
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