Roma fans made a rare symbolic gesture of support for their club in its struggle with a cancer-related illness and were joined by their counterparts at Juventus Stadium on Sunday, in a festive atmosphere in which the club’s colours were in full display.
The Giallorossi players joined the crowd and handed out holiday cards, with the club flag and the star of the Serie A title in the background, and the home side’s colours of green and red on the other side.
“We all know how hard it is to face cancer, and we are doing everything we can to help those who are suffering from this disease,” a statement from the club read.
“This is a moment of respect for all those who have fought against this disease, and a message of hope for the future.”
A special edition of the club programme, entitled ‘Gentleman of the Gialloposto’ which was broadcast on TV, was also shown on TV.
A crowd of some 20,000 gathered at the Stadio San Paolo for the occasion, as well as a large number of supporters at the Juventus Stadium.
It was a moment for the Gialls to celebrate the club, which has won two Scudetti but is not yet in the Champions League group stage, as a team of such quality, and to send out a message that they will not give up, said Marcello Di Montezemolo, the club chairman.
“In the last few years we have been in the Europa League, but it was very difficult for the players and for the fans,” he told the AS Roma television station.
“I believe in the club as a whole, I believe in everyone and this is the message we have sent to everyone.”
“We are a family, we are a club, we have always been one.
We are all Roma.”
After a match against Inter Milan, which ended 2-2, Di Monteze told the club that the Giillopostos are very proud of their team.
“They have won two championships in the last two years, and they deserve this.
They have fought for the club for a long time, they have been very hard workers and they have deserved this,” he said.”
It is an amazing moment for everyone.”