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Super Cup on despite death of Seville star

Super Cup on despite death of Seville star

The European Super Cup will be played Friday despite the death of Sevilla midfielder Antonio Puerta.
UEFA said yesterday it had received confirmation from the Spanish club that it wished to proceed with the match against AC Milan in Monte Carlo, Monaco.
"We weren't going to force Sevilla to play in such a situation," UEFA spokesman William Gaillard said. "We asked them if they wanted to play the Super Cup and they thought about it. They came back to us and told us they wanted to play as homage to Antonio."
The match will be a tribute to the 22-year-old Puerta, who died Tuesday, three days after collapsing on the field during his team's Spanish league match against Getafe.
Players will wear black armbands, stadium flags will be flown at half mast and there will be a minute's silence in addition to a short film recapping the player's career before the match, Gaillard said.
"Everyone has been traumatized by this," Gaillard said. "His (Puerta's) wife was seven months pregnant, and he basically grew up with the club and everyone knew him and the whole Sevilla community loved him. AC Milan was also shaken by this tragedy."
Thousands of football fans gathered at Sevilla's stadium yesterday to pay their last respects to Puerta. The body of the 22-year-old was moved to the Sanchez Pizjuan stadium from the hospital where he died on Tuesday as supporters chanted: "Puerta, friend, Seville is with you."
Puerta was then cremated at a cemetery in Seville in southwestern Spain.


Updated : 2021-04-18 17:23 GMT+08:00