Inter CEO, Beppe Marotta has announced that there will be a minute of silence to pay respect to the ex-Inter defender, Mauro Bellugi in tomorrow’s derby against AC Milan.
“I would like to thank the league for allowing us to remember him in the only way possible, in the game which was so crucial to his career and which he will regret not being able to follow from up there,"
he spoke with Italian news outlet,ANSA
“We will play with a remembrance band on our arms and there will be a minute’s silence before the game.”
He revealed how the ex-Inter defender demonstrated a more romantic and sentimental football.
“He was a symbol of a romantic football, which has now passed away. It was made up of great passion and a sense of belonging on the one hand, patronage and family ownership on the other.
“There is the famous episode of the villa given to him by Moratti as a great recognition of his attachment.
“The players were very attached to the shirt and to the families who owned it, the sense of belonging was born from the bond with teammates, there were less transfers.”
Marotta noted that Bellugi was still positive and in good spirits despite having his legs removed back in December. He has passed away earlier today at the age of 71, as a result of ill health.
“I heard from him last week,’ he says, ‘even though he had lost his lower limbs he had exceptional enthusiasm and a great desire to be a hero again.
“So much so that we had given him the job of scout, ‘watch as many games as possible for us’, I recommended.
“However, he confessed to me his sadness behind that infinite courage. You know,’ he said, ‘for a footballer, losing his legs is like a pianist losing his hands.”
The Italian played the first five years of his career for the Milanese team, since 1969.
He played 136 matches throughout all competitions and won a league title.