Verona apologizes for chants intoning dead player


ROME (AP) -Serie B club Hellas Verona has issued a statement disassociating itself from fans who made offensive chants using the name of dead player Piermario Morosini.

The incident occurred during Verona's 2-0 win at Livorno on Saturday.

Morosini collapsed and died of a heart attack during Livorno's Serie B match at Pescara in April. Forensic tests revealed he suffered from an inherited heart disease. All matches in the top divisions were suspended on the weekend of his death.

Verona apologized and said it hopes to "combat chants of this nature, because the tragedy of Piermario Morosini is a pain that cannot be dishonored."

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