18 Apr 2012

Memorial held for Italian footballer

9:18 am on 18 April 2012

Thousands of fans have attended a memorial ceremony at the home stadium in Tuscany of footballer Piermario Morosini, who died suddenly of a heart attack during a game on Sunday.

Morosini's coffin was driven around the ground in a silver-coloured hearse for one final salute as fans wearing his No.25 jersey cheered.

The 25-year-old, who played for second division team Livorno and was on loan from Udinese, died during a match at Pescara.

The coffin will now be taken to Bergamo in northern Italy, the player's hometown, before burial later this week.

An autopsy was carried out on Morosini's body yesterday but the precise causes of the sudden death have not been determined.