Italian football is in mourning after the sudden death of former Foggia, Lazio, Napoli and Bari goalkeeper Francesco Mancini, aged 43.
The former top-flight shot-stopper, who spent a decade between the sticks at Foggia, making 235 appearances for the club, passed away this afternoon after falling ill at his home.
Mancini, who retired in 2008 after a playing career that spanned 23 years and 11 clubs, had recently made the move into coaching. Last season he took up the role of goalkeeper Coach at Zdenek Zemen’s Foggia, before following the tactician in the summer to Pescara.
Reports indicate that Mancini directed regular exercise and training routines this morning at Pescara’s training ground, before returning home in the afternoon. Emergency services were called to his house after he reportedly fell ill, but it is believed that he died before even reaching the hospital.
Pescara are currently sat second in the Serie B table and are in with a real chance of gaining promotion to Serie A.