Ex-West Brom ace Williams Martinez dies aged 38 as Luis Suarez pays tribute

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West Brom have paid tribute to former player Williams Martinez after his death at the age of 38.

The Uruguayan only spent the 2006-07 campaign on-loan at the Baggies, starting just once in the Premier League.

But Martinez enjoyed a lengthy career, playing for 15 clubs over a 20-year period, mainly in South America.

The central defender was playing for Uruguayan Segunda Division team Villa Teresa at the time of his passing over the weekend.

Villa Teresa tweeted: “Club Atlético Villa Teresa deeply regrets the passing of our main squad player Williams Martinez, his family, friends and relatives our deepest condolences.”

And West Brom followed the tributes, taking to social media to pay their respect too.

The Championship side wrote: “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 club, Jonathan Greening, replied to the post saying; “No f****** way”.

Fellow Uruguayan star Luis Suarez also paid his respects.

The former Liverpool and Barcelona forward wrote: “What sad news the loss of Williams Martínez. Much strength for your friends and family. RIP Williams.”

The Uruguayan FA suspended all matches in the country on Saturday after the news of Martinez's passing broke.

“We regret with deep pain and shock the death of the Uruguayan player Williams Martínez," the FA said.

"Our condolences to your family and friends.”

Martinez began his career with Defensor Sporting before making the move to England.

Since 2015, he has played for Cerro, Deportivo Tachira and Ceuta, River Plate and Rampla.

He joined Villa Teresa less than a year ago but has recently been out of action due to injury.

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