AC Milan Defy Federation Order, Insists On Mourning Kobe Bryant
Italian football giant, AC Milan has said it will go ahead with its decision to wear black armbands in honour of Kobe Bryant in their match against Torino despite the rejection of the decision by the Italian Football Federation (FIGC).The club made this known in a tweet on Tuesday, adding that match will be a tribute to Kobe Bryant.
The club said it would go ahead with the match slated to hold Tuesday against Torino in the Coppa Italia quarter final, even without the approval of FIGC.
Milan tweeted: “In agreement with @SerieA, tonight #ACMilan will wear the black armband in memory of NBA legend, Kobe Bryant, who died in a tragic helicopter crash together with his daughter Gianna Maria and 7 other victims. The whole San Siro will also pay a tribute just a few minutes away from kick off.”
The NBA legend died Sunday alongside daughter, Gianna and nine other people in a helicopter crash in the city of Calabasas, California.
Bryant’s father played professional basketball in Italy, while the legend learned the basic skills at six, as he also developed love for Milan.
“I grew up a huge AC Milan fan. Marco van Basten was my favourite player.
“[Frank] Rijkaard, [Ruud] Gullit, and you know [Paolo] Maldini was just getting started, and [Franco] Baresi,” Bryant said in March 2016.