Italian soccer club Verona fined $65,000 after fans chant about dead player

Published October 23, 2012

| Associated Press

A second-division Italian soccer team has been fined $65,000 after its fans made offensive chants about an opposing player who died during a match last season.

The chants occurred during Hellas Verona's 2-0 win at Livorno on Saturday. Verona apologized and attempted to disassociate itself from the conduct of those "ultra" fans.

Piermario Morosini of Livorno collapsed and died of a heart attack during Livorno's Serie B match at Pescara in April. Tests revealed he had an inherited heart disease. All matches in the top divisions were suspended on the weekend of his death.