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Le Havre teenage defender Samba Diop dies

April 7, 2018

LE HAVRE, France (AP) — French soccer club Le Havre says its teenage defender Samba Diop has died of unknown causes.

A club statement says the 18-year-old Diop, who was born in the port city in northern France’s Normandy region, died Friday evening.

Le Havre is in the second tier of the French league. Diop was a member of its reserve team, which plays in the fourth-tier National 2 championship.

The French football league said that Saturday’s Ligue 2 game between Le Havre and Reims has been postponed, with a “moment of silence” to be observed at all matches in the top two divisions this weekend.

In March, Thomas Rodriguez, an 18-year-old midfielder with second-tier French club Tours, died overnight. The LFP canceled the Tours-Valenciennes match scheduled for later that day.

In January 2009, 23-year-old Clement Pinault, a defender with Clermont in the French second division, died in the hospital four days after a heart attack at home.

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