Italy squad pay respects at fallen bridge that killed 43 people ahead of international matches

Chiellini, 34, led his national side in remembering the 43 victims in the city which suffered the tragedy on August 14.


The Azzurri laid a wreath next to the Morandi bridge and observed a one-minute silence.

Chiellini posted a picture of the wreath on Instagram.

He said: "Deep emotion for a huge tragedy. We are close to the pain of the families of the victims and to the many people who still live in a situation of great unease."

And the national team also posted a message and wrote: "The #Azzurri at the Morandi bridge: a wreath of flowers and a minute of recollection for the victims of the tragedy."

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After visiting the site, the squad met members of the public at the Luigi Ferraris Stadium where they take on Andriy Shevchenko's Ukraine tonight in a friendly.

Roberto Mancini's side will wear special shirts to honour the victims with the message 'Genoa in the heart'.

They then travel to Poland to take on Robert Lewandowski & Co in the Nations League.

Italy sit bottom of Group A3 and are at risk of relegation after managing a draw with Poland but lost to Portugal.



The collapsed bridge is a difficult reminder of the tragic events of the summer.

Italian footballer Domenico Criscito drove over the bridge, which is part of the A10 motorway, just minutes before the incident in torrential rain.

While David Capello, a former Serie A goalkeeper, revealed how he fell 160ft in his car as he drove across at the time of the disaster.

Firefighters say cars and trucks plunged after a 200m section of the A10 suddenly fell onto houses and offices below.

 

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