Gianluca Mancini Dedicates Goal to Late Mattia Giani in Emotional Tribute

Gianluca Mancini Dedicates Goal to Late Mattia Giani in Emotional Tribute
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Thursday 18 April 2024, 21:44 - Last updated: 19 April, 06:46

The desire to score, the joy of the goal, and then Gianluca Mancini's thoughts turned to Mattia Giani, a 26-year-old footballer who passed away over the weekend due to a sudden illness. The central defender of Roma found the back of the net again in the quarter-finals against Milan in the Europa League. An important goal both for the match and for himself, who in recent days sent his message to the class of 1998 who passed away. A goal with a special dedication to Mattia, complete with a shirt worn during the warm-up and shown during the celebration.

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Post-Match Comments

«I tried to make a gesture for the family and for Mattia. His father came here to the Olimpico with him many times. These have been difficult days and I am very emotional», said Gianluca Mancini in tears in the post-match of Roma-Milan to Sky Sport commenting on his celebration with the shirt for Giani, the footballer from Castelfiorentino who passed away from a heart attack. «His family is suffering and I wanted to celebrate with this shirt to give them strength. Their world has collapsed, but I am sure they will get back up», he added. Then, commenting on the passage to the next round, he concluded: «What matters is the team, we were down to ten and we knew how to suffer. We are proud to be in the semi-finals of a European competition for the third consecutive year».

Who was Mattia Giani

On Sunday, April 14, during a Tuscan Excellence match between Castelfiorentino United and Lanciotto Campi, Mattia Giani lost consciousness due to cardiac arrest. Medical staff immediately entered the field, but there was nothing they could do. As his father denounced, indeed, there was no one capable of using the defibrillator. Mattia Giani was the brother of Mancini's sister's fiancé, who immediately after the news of the disappearance dedicated a long message to him on social media.

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