Prior to the Coppa Italia match between AC Milan and Torino FC on Tuesday evening, a minute's silence is held in memory of Kobe Bryant. In addition, the Milanese play with mourning bands in San Siro due to the death of the legendary basketball player, who was a big fan of the club.
Bryant lived in Italy for a number of years from the age of six, because his father was a professional basketball player there. As a child he became a passionate fan of AC Milan, which with players such as Ruud Gullit, Marco van Basten and Frank Rijkaard belonged to the absolute top of Europe at the time.
Back in the United States, the American remained supporter of the club. "AC Milan has a special place in my heart and Van Basten is my favorite player," said Bryant, who spoke Italian fluently, four years ago.
On social media, AC Milan also extensively pays attention to the crash of Bryant, who died on Sunday at the age of 41 in a helicopter crash. His thirteen-year-old daughter died as well as seven other passengers.
The eighteen-time national champion calls Twitter a "true legend" on Twitter. "We have no words to describe how sad we are after the death of the greatest sportsman ever and great 'Rossoneri' fan Kobe Bryant."
The quarter-final match between Milan and Torino in San Siro starts on Sunday at 8.45 pm and the return in Turin is in three weeks. In the Serie A, AC Milan is in eighth place and Torino is in 12th place.
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View the program and the stand in the Serie A