FOR the 1st 43 minutes of their club’s Serie A opener, Genoa enthusiasts remained silent on Sunday.
That was 1 moment for each individual of the 43 victims of the Morandi Bridge collapse in the port metropolis this thirty day period.
In the 43rd moment, spectators started applauding respectfully as the names of all those who died in the tragedy 12 times before have been shown on a big display screen inside of the Stadio Luigi Ferraris.
Then the enthusiasts begun chanting “Genova, Genova” — the Italian title of the metropolis.
By then, Genoa experienced taken a two- guide courtesy of early aims from Krzysztof Piatek and Christian Kouame, both equally of which have been established up by Genoa captain Domenico Criscito.
Genoa received two-one just after Samuel Mraz pulled 1 again for Empoli in stoppage time.
Criscito experienced entered the pitch prior to kick-off with Cesare Cerulli, the 11-yr-aged son of bridge collapse sufferer Andrea Cerulli.
“The 1st considered constantly goes to the tragedy,” Genoa mentor Davide Ballardini mentioned. “Then you practice but each individual working day you just take a street or a thing else that reminds you of it. Our legs and heads have been large.”
Criscito and the other Genoa gamers wore T-shirts that read through “Genoa nel cuore” — Genoa in the coronary heart — with a design and style that includes a coronary heart in the center of the bridge span.
There was also a moment of silence noticed and Genoa wore black ribbons on its shirts even though the room commonly reserved for sponsors was remaining blank.
A big banner hanging from the stadium’s higher deck read through, “In silence for you, damage 43 moments in the coronary heart. Get again on your toes proudly and develop into splendid all over again!”
Genoa’s opening match at AC Milan scheduled for final weekend was postponed as the metropolis was nonetheless in mourning.
Sampdoria, Genoa’s other club, also experienced its opening match postponed and was crushed one- at Udinese in its opener.
Udinese enthusiasts held aloft a banner that read through “Beyond the colors, united in suffering.”
A big area of the bridge collapsed Aug. 14 through a intense storm, killing 43 men and women and forcing the evacuation of close by citizens in the densely created-up spot. The induce is beneath investigation.