Andrejs Rubins: Former Crystal Palace star dies aged 43

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Andrejs Rubins (Getty Images)
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Former Crystal Palace player Andrejs Rubins has died at the age of 43.

The Latvian winger played 117 times for his country and enjoyed a long career featuring spells at the likes of the Eagles and Spartak Moscow.

A Crystal Palace statement read: “Crystal Palace Football Club were deeply saddened to learn that former player Andrejs Rubins has passed away aged 43.

“Rubins represented the club 37 times between 2000-2002, and is best known among supporters for his memorable goal against Liverpool in the 2000/01 League Cup.

“His other goal in club colours was equally remarkable, launching in from 30 yards against Leicester City – also in the League Cup. The strike helped Palace reach the competition's semi-finals.

“The thoughts of everyone associated with Crystal Palace are with Andrejs' loved ones at this truly sad time.”

Fans and former players added their tributes to Rubins.

Clinton Morrison tweeted: “Such sad news played with Rubins good player and a brilliant person thoughts and prayers go out to his family.”

No cause of death was given with Wednesday’s announcement.

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