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10:53 21st April 2017
Albion's manager and CEO react to the tragic news which broke this morning.
Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton and chief executive Paul Barber have both paid personal tributes to former England defender Ugo Ehiogu, who sadly died earlier today at the age of 44.
Hughton said, "I knew Ugo, firstly as a player during his playing days with Middlesbrough and Aston Villa. I had huge admiration for him as a player, person and coach.
"I spent time with him professionally, but also socially. He had an infectious enthusiasm and he was someone I always enjoyed spending my time with.
"I heard the news this morning and was very shocked and saddened. My thoughts and condolences are with his family and many friends."
Barber added, "I got to know Ugo during my time with the FA when he came into the England squad. Ugo was a very nice man to be in the company of; he was also a very bright guy and extremely talented footballer.
"Just as he had a brilliant playing career, I have no doubt he was on the pathway to being a very good coach, with his work at Spurs.
"It is a terrible and traumatic loss for someone so fit and healthy, and so young as Ugo. On behalf of everyone here at Brighton & Hove Albion, my condolences go out to his family and many friends."
Both Norwich City and Albion will will unite in paying their respects to Ugo with a minute’s applause before tonight’s Sky Bet Championship match at Carrow Road, which is live on Sky Sports (kick-off 7.45pm).
In addition to joining fans in observing a minute’s applause before the match, players of both clubs will be wearing black armbands.