Domenico Criscito mourns Piermario Morosini from St Petersburg. “We were roommates and he was like a brother for me.”
The 25-year-old Udinese-owned midfielder collapsed and died during Saturday’s Pescara-Livorno Serie B game.
“It is sad to be here talking about his death,” Zenit defender Criscito told Sky Sport Italia.
“We were roommates in the Under-17 Italy squad and from that moment on he was like a brother for me.
“He was such a great guy and a very talented midfield director, as he dictated the tempo and played much like Andrea Pirlo.”
As a sign of mourning, the FIGC has suspended all football in Italy this weekend, so there will be no Serie A matches.
“It was the right decision and the FIGC behaved in an exemplary fashion,” added Criscito. “It’s a shame I cannot come to Italy for the funeral.”