The AC Milan paid tribute to the champion shortly ahead of their Serie A match against Lecce on Sunday through the actions of 58 children from the Milan football school in Coriano.
23 October, 2011 held one of the most painful tragedies in the sporting world in recent years, when Marco Simoncelli lost his life in a tragic accident during the penultimate Grand Prix of the season in Malaysia, Sepang. On that same date, thousands of miles away, the AC Milan was playing in Lecce in a challenge for the Serie A championship.
The two completely separate events, in fact, were closely related: The MotoGP rider was a big fan of the AC Milan and had many friends among the ranks of the team, including team captain Massimo Ambrosini and goalkeeper Christian Abbiati. The events were also connected as Simoncelli had planned to visit the Milanello sports center owned by the AC Milan a few days after returning from Malaysia.
AC Milan found themselves at Lecce again yesterday, for the second match at the field this season, and took the opportunity to honor the fallen star once again. 58 children gathered at midfield just before the match began, celebrating Marco with a commemorative jersey signed by all the players of the Italian team.
motogp.com joined the AC Milan team at this important event to say goodbye again to a great rider. Ciao Marco.
source: MotoGP Official