Restoring My Faith In Humanity

15 Apr

On a day when some doucheweed morons who claim to be fans of Chelsea booed and jeered during the moment of silence for Piermario Morosini and the victims of Hillsborough, one man has restored my faith in humanity. Udinese captain and Drool alum Antonio Di Natale has announced that he will assume guardianship for the severely handicapped sister of Piermario Morosini.
Piermario was the sole guardian for his handicapped elder sister after the death of his parents and the suicide of his older disabled brother (yeah, he committed suicide – could this story be any more heartbreaking?) In addition to his sister, he is also survived by his girlfriend. He has been a member of the Udinese squad on and off since 2005 although he had several loan stints, the most recent in Livorno. He’s obviously maintained close ties with his teammates there.

I’m not ashamed to say that I bawled like a baby when I read that. I was wondering what was going to happen to his sister and for Di Natale to step up says an enormous amount about him as a person and a friend. Bless you, Antonio. You are an amazing human being.

– Lozil

15 Responses to “Restoring My Faith In Humanity”

  1. notoriousjk April 15, 2012 at 8:37 pm #

    I’ll admit I got teary eyed when I read those tweets too. What an amazing man & human being.

  2. shiggers April 15, 2012 at 8:43 pm #

    Wow. Totally kickass thing to do. Thanks for letting us know.

  3. maisoun April 15, 2012 at 8:53 pm #

    I almost broke down during yesterday’s moment of silence, I can’t get Piermario out of my head. It’s heartbreak on top of heartbreak, but what Antonio has offered to do is beyond kindness. What a good man.

    • headbandsandheartbreak April 15, 2012 at 9:01 pm #

      I unfortunately clicked on an article yesterday that had a close up of him on the ground – he’s struggling to get up. His head is back and his eyes are open and he just looks so confused and terrified. I can’t get it out of my head and I broke down in tears. I’m furious that they used that picture – it was so inappropriate and disrespectful, IMHO. That moment and his vulnerability was so haunting. That poor guy. He had so many things happen to him but by all accounts was a lovely kid, focused and kind to everyone. Di Natale is a wonderful man as well.

      • maisoun April 15, 2012 at 9:28 pm #

        How shameful for people to post those pictures around like it’s nothing. Have some respect for the dead, even if he hadn’t passed it would be innappropriate. At least in Muamba’s case, the camera men had the decency to turn away from the scene. Images like that don’t need to stay with people, it’s not how they should be remembered. Sick.

  4. Izan April 15, 2012 at 8:56 pm #

    OMG…this man is so kind…God will always bless him…RIP to Piermario Morosini

  5. Mais April 15, 2012 at 8:59 pm #

    This is just wonderful. God bless them both. Noble behaviour on his behalf.

  6. Maddi April 15, 2012 at 9:05 pm #

    What an amazing gesture.

  7. manie April 15, 2012 at 10:10 pm #

    Oh my goodness, this brought a few tears to my eyes. I wish there were more Di Natales in this world.

  8. Peter J (@recitaldepeter) April 15, 2012 at 10:40 pm #

    As if he wasn’t already an incredible player. What a man, unbelievable 🙂

  9. black widow April 16, 2012 at 12:50 am #

    i cried reading that … what an incredible thing to do. bless him.

  10. jellyace April 16, 2012 at 8:19 am #

    Oh, man! This guy has a heart of gold. He is a double drool, too!

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    […] Bolton Wanderers has released this picture along with the news that Fabrice Muamba was released from the hospital today. This is just so wonderful, but also so bittersweet in light of Morosini’s death on Saturday. There’s been some updates on that. Livorno will retire his number 25 and Udinese will help financially support his sister through their foundation. As I mentioned yesterday, Udinese’s captain, Antonio Di Natale has become her guardian. […]

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