Williams Martinez, passed through Reims and Valenciennes, committed suicide at 38

Williams Martinez, 38-year-old Uruguayan defender, took his own life on Saturday. He had notably passed through two French clubs, Reims and Valenciennes, and had even played in Ligue 1 in 2008.

Uruguayan football is in mourning. Williams Martinez, who had even honored a selection in 2003 with the Celeste, committed suicide this Saturday, at the age of 38, according to the EFE agency. The central defender was still evolving at the professional level, on the side of Villa Teresa in the Uruguayan second division.


He played his last game last June before contracting Covid-19 and missing his team’s last games. “We regret with deep sorrow and shock the death of Uruguayan player Williams Martínez, writes the Uruguayan federation on Twitter. Our condolences to your family and friends.”

He had rubbed shoulders with Luis Fernandez in Reims

At 26, Martinez joined Valenciennes in 2008, when he had had his first experience in Europe at West Bromwich. In the North of France, he played 7 Ligue 1 matches, before being quickly loaned to Stade de Reims. In Champagne, he then took part in 17 matches in Ligue 2 under the orders of Luis Fernandez. A year after his arrival in France, the Uruguayan had returned to his native country and will only leave South America once, for a short freelance in Ceuta in Spain (D4).


His brother and former professional player Edgar Martinez was moved by his disappearance on his social networks: “Our souls will kiss, brother, and you will be missed. I love you very much”. To pay tribute to the memory of the defender, the Uruguayan federation has decided to suspend the competitions and training of its professional championships scheduled for this weekend.


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