Tuesday, 19 August 2008

Azzurrri to honour Sensi

Thousands of people have flocked to pay final tributes to Roma President Franco Sensi, while the Italian national team will pay their respects in Wednesday's friendly against Austria.

Roma players return from Italy campThe patron died late Sunday night at the age of 82 and his coffin is at the Piazza del Campidoglio in Rome, where over 8,500 people have already signed the book of condolence.

This evening club captain Francesco Totti, coach Luciano Spalletti and director Bruno Conti arrived to pay their respects.

The Roma players on international duty with Italy were allowed some time off to salute President Sensi.

It has also been confirmed that the friendly game with Austria in Nice will be preceded by a minute's silence to commemorate Sensi, while the players will wear black armbands in his honour.

Sensi's funeral will be held in the capital on Wednesday. A Roma flag will be draped over the coffin of the city's greatest Giallorossi fan.

Among those who attended are former Roma stars Amedeo Carboni and Abel Balbo, Lazio players Sebastiano Siviglia, Lorenzo De Silvestri and Igli Tare as well as Antonello Venditti, who wrote Roma's official club anthem.

There are reports that the council is considering a new stadium in Rome that will be owned by the club and named after Franco Sensi.

Source: C4 Football Italia

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