Serie B club Hellas Verona was fined $65,000 after a group of fans who traveled away to the team’s match at Livorno sung an offensive chat insulting the memory of the late Piermario Morosini, the Livorno player who passed away on the field last year as a result of a heart condition. Hellas issued an immediate denial and the four fans thought to be responsible have been identified.
From James Horncastle:
Half an hour in, something truly disgraceful happened. A chant had gone up among a small section of the 700 Hellas ultras hosted in the away end. Four words that don’t bear repeating were said six times. Enough to provoke shock and anger among the Livorno fans. A number of their own ultras would respond in kind with a distasteful song of their own. But for now, members of the home crowd couldn’t believe their ears.
A chant had been sung insulting the memory of Piermario Morosini, the Livorno midfielder and Luci’s former teammate, who had died six months earlier of arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy, the same inherited heart disease that had caused the death of Sevilla player Antonio Puerta in 2007. Morosini had collapsed during a match against Pescara. It was a tragedy felt keenly throughout Italy and made headlines around the world.
Verona’s mayor, an avowed Hellas fan, has condemned the chants as well, and promised to call Morosini’s relatives personally to apologize for the terrible chants. The Curva Sud, the ultras group from which the chant emanated, has a history of racist and deplorable behavior. Livorno captain Andrea Luci said Hellas Verona “should be banned for life.”
Based on the disgusting act of besmirching a man who lost his life too you and the track record, it’s hard to argue against the notion that something drastic has to be done.
Read Horncastle’s piece for the full story.