Sheffield United's English player Maddy Cusack has died aged 27, her club said she was "devastated", without giving details about the tragic news. "Sheffield United Football Club is devastated to report the sad news of Maddy Cusack's passing," an official statement from the team announced.

Cusack had been with Sheffield since 2019 and was also a member of the marketing team. A beloved veteran on and off the court who last year became the first player to make 100 appearances for the club.

"This is heartbreaking news for everyone at Bramall Lane," Sheffield United chief executive Stephen Bettis said. "Maddy had a unique position andwas popular with everyone, with her personality and professionalism," he added.

The English Football Association (FA) also expressed its sorrow and condolences to family and friends, as noted by the director of women's football, Baroness Sue Campbel, in contact with Sheffield at an "incredibly sad time".