Sunday April 15 2012
Criscito: 'Morosini like a brother'

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.”

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