Udinese & Antonio Di Natale Make A GestureBy: The Offside | April 16th, 2012
The weekend’s tragic death of Piermario Morosini, which saw football in Italy cancelled, has permeated the sport.
Unfortunately, his life was equally as tragic as his death, losing both of his parents as a teenager, his brother to suicide a couple of years ago, and he was responsible for taking care of his physically disabled elder sister. His sister now in need, Piermario’s parent club, Udinese, and Antonio Di Natale, its captain, have stepped up in an incredible way to fill the void.
In effect, they have taken responsibility for her in ways, at least, financial through their charitable foundation.
Udinese’s captain Di Natale said: “We know the situation of his sister and we as a team, the club, and Udinese for Life have decided to help her because she is in real need. It is essential to stay by the side of Piermario’s sister for her entire life. She needs us and we want to help, both for her and for Mario.
“When I saw the scene on the TV it was immediately clear that it was something serious. It was a very bad moment. He was an exceptional lad, so full of life. Despite all the problems he had, he was always at the disposal of the team and every day he gave us all strength.”
There are often very few positive lenses through which a tragedy like this can be viewed, but this gesture is at least one.