Tottenham Hotspur plan emotional tribute before Brighton clash for deceased coach Gian Piero Ventrone
Tottenham Hotspur are planning a series of tributes for deceased first-team coach Gian Piero Ventrone ahead of the Premier League clash against Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday.
The first-team coach, affectionately called “Prof” at the club, was battling Leukaemia and died after a sudden illness at the age of 61. As per Evening Standard, there will be a minute’s applause before the kick-off at the Amex Stadium.
Players of both teams will wear black armbands while Spurs players will warm up in shirts which display the slogan “Always in our hearts — Gian Piero” in both Italian and English. Spurs plan further tributes before the UEFA Champions League clash against Eintracht Frankfurt.
The Lilywhites will take on the German team at home on Wednesday, which will mark the first home game that we play since our beloved first-team coach’s demise. The sadness that engulfs those associated with Gian Piero cannot be put into words.
He was an important part of the team’s coaching staff and leaves a big void to be filled – both in the hearts of those that knew him and on Tottenham’s training field.
Such events just show how insignificant football can become at times. The tribute from the club is a heartwarming and fitting gesture for the man’s services to the club.
He served as an athletic trainer at a number of clubs before joining Spurs last year. Juventus, Atalanta, Italy national team, and Catania are just some of the impressive names on his C.V.
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Manager Antonio Conte did not hold a press conference in respect of the Italian’s passing.