‘He’s a humble guy… it shouldn’t be him’: ‘Devasted’ Michael Chopra pays tribute to former Cardiff City team-mate Peter Whittingham after former midfielder dies age 35 following bar fall
- Former Cardiff City midfielder Peter Whittingham has died at the age of 35
- Whittingham suffered head injuries during an ‘accidental fall’ at a pub in Barry
- The ex-Blackburn and Aston Villa man did not recover from the March 7 incident
- His former Bluebirds team-mate Michael Chopra has paid tribute on Sky Sports
Michael Chopra has paid tribute to ‘humble’ former team-mate Peter Whittingham who has died at the age of 35.
Whittingham died as a result of the head injuries he suffered after falling down the stairs at a pub in Barry on March 7 having watched Wales’ Six Nations clash with England.
The pair were part of the same Bluebirds team that reached the play-off final in 2010, and Chopra shared his fond memories of that season after learning of Whittingham’s death.
Peter Whittingham has died at the age of 35 after sustaining head injuries in a fall in a bar
‘He’s a humble guy and it shouldn’t be him. He would always stop for autographs and entertain fans, that’s the kind of guy he was.,’ he said on Sky Sports News.
‘I remember the season we got to the play-off finals Whit’s was the top scorer and being a striker I wanted to score, Whit’s got the first one [penalty] and I said let me get one.
Whit’s said: ‘You can have the next one when I miss,” and he didn’t miss all season.
Chopra and Whittingham were part of the Bluebirds side that reached the play-off final in 2010
‘He wasn’t just scoring goals but wonder-gaols with his left foot. I look back and think what a player, what a privilege to play with him.
‘He played in a Cardiff City team that was probably the best team that Cardiff has seen and a lot of that was down to him as well.’
The former Newcastle striker had already tweeted out a message before his appearance on the programme.
Taking to the social media platform, he wrote: ‘Devastated to have lost an old team-mate had some great memories on and off the pitch with you football has lost a great guy and player gone too soon deepest condolences to your family. RIP Whitts.’
Chopra also passed on a message of condolence on Twitter to Whittingham’s family