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Hellas Verona Fined €50,000 After Ultras Start Disgusting Chant About The Late Piermario Morosini

By Chris Wright

Serie B club Hellas Verona have been fined to the tune of €50,000 after a smattering of their fans began chanting about the late Piermario Morosini during Verona’s 2-0 win over Livorno on Saturday afternoon.

Morosini collapsed and died on the pitch at the age of 25 after suffering a fatal heart attack while playing for Livorno against Pescara in Serie B last season, a tragic incident that sent the whole of Italian football into mourning.

Journalist and Calcio aficionado James Horncastle describes the scenes:

“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.”

Disgusted Livorno captain Andrea Luci told local paper Il Tirenno that “Hellas Verona deserve to be banned for life,” though it would seem that only a minute section of their support was and is to blame.

It is being reported that just four Hellas fans – Ultras from the ‘Curva Sud’, a supporters’ group with a reputation for aggressive, racist and generally disgraceful behaviour – were responsible for the chant and that they’ve already been identified by the club after being captured on video by the security firm in charge of stewarding the game.

You can read that stirring James Horncastle piece in full here.

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By Chris on October 24th, 2012 in FAIL, Serie A. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.
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4 Responses to “Hellas Verona Fined €50,000 After Ultras Start Disgusting Chant About The Late Piermario Morosini”

  1. CieloDrive says:

    of course Hellas Verona…

  2. Larry says:

    What they should do is like turn away? And if they keep on saying nasty things, say, sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me. And like, totally ignore them. Blank them.

  3. Ryan says:

    If you are not familiar with Calcio Hellas and Livorno have a very strong rivalry. Hellas has some far-right Ultras while Livorno are a very left wing team. I am not surprised there were problems between these two teams. These are two Ultra scenes that are very political. I have always wondered why Fiorentina and Verona have such a strong friendship as they are political opposites.

  4. Giancarlo says:

    Political affiliations aside that is some pretty disgusting behaviour. Of course leave it to the Italian Ultras…I’m Italian by the way.

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