Juventus And Benevento Stop Game In 10th Minute To Pay Tribute To Diego Maradona
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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.
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.
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.
Juventus and Benevento paused in the 10th minute for a round of applause in tribute to Diego Maradona :clap: pic.twitter.com/5fri2JNj1s- ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) November 28, 2020
Love this:- Italian Football TV :keycap_ten::blue_heart: (@IFTVofficial) November 28, 2020
Sassuolo & Inter do their team warm-up to the famous video of Maradona warming up
This will happen in every Serie A match today
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.
Benevento's Gaetano Letizia, who is from Naples, dedicated his equaliser against Juventus to Maradona pic.twitter.com/4qU88qBjC2- B/R Football (@brfootball) November 28, 2020
There was a lot of criticism in England, and outside of the country, of how many publications decided to honour Maradona following his sad passing.
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.
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.
Carlo Ancelotti emotional during the tribute to Diego Maradona :broken_heart: pic.twitter.com/3Zgynh5Cj6- Football Daily (@footballdaily) November 28, 2020
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.