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Juventus And Benevento Stop Game In 10th Minute To Pay Tribute To Diego Maradona

Juventus And Benevento Stop Game In 10th Minute To Pay Tribute To Diego Maradona

Juventus and Benevento players stopped to give Diego Maradona a minutes applause in the 10th minute of their Serie A game, paying tribute to the number 'El Diego' wore.

Maradona, who sadly passed away on Wednesday night, had some of his greatest achievements playing in Italy, twice winning the Serie A title with Napoli.

In honour of the great player, all games in Italy's top tier this weekend were started with a minutes silence and the players wore black armbands in the game.

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Finally to play tribute players paused in the 10th minute, with the 60-year-old famous for wearing the number 10 shirt, and had a minutes applause.

During the game, which finished 1-1, Benevento's Gaetano Letizia, who is from Naples, scored Benevento's equaliser and celebrated by pointing to the sky.

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Some outlets referred to his 'Hand of God' goal from the 1986 quarter finals, with goalkeeper Peter Shilton amongst some calling him a 'cheat.'

However the Premier League paid much better respect to the former Boca Juniors player by having a minutes silence in his honour before kick off in this weekend's games.

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Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti, who played against Maradona's Napoli for both AC Milan and Roma, was visibly emotional ahead of his side's game against Leeds on Saturday.

On Thursday night Gennaro Gattuso's Napoli played their first game since the tragic news struck and all the players warmed up in 'Maradona 10' shirts, a number the club retired previously in tribute to their greatest ever player.

Fans also lined the streets of Naples to pay their own tributes.

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Featured Image Credit: ESPN

Topics: Football News, Serie A, Diego Maradona, Juventus, Napoli, Argentina, Italy, European Football

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