VARESE – Church crowded, applause and a lot of emotion, between red and white and black and white scarves: Varese and the world of football have said goodbye to Pietro Anastasi, who disappeared on Friday at 71 years after a long illness, the Sla, who was diagnosed three years ago after having undergone cancer of the intestine and which had devastated it in recent months, before requesting assisted sedation.
Hundreds of people met to pay homage to 'Pietruzzu' in the basilica of San Vittore, in Varese, where he grew up on the field between '66 and '68 and where he leaves his wife Anna and his two children, around whom, in addition to a crowd of friends, fellow villagers, fans and fans, has embraced many of the protagonists of football, including managers and former companions. Among others, Beppe Marotta, Pavel Nedved, Fabio Capello, Roberto Bettega, Gabriele Oriali, Claudio Gentile and Carlo Muraro were present, with the FIGC represented by the general secretary Marco Brunelli and the Serie A League by the head of competitions Andrea Butti; while Inter, Juventus and Figc itself have affixed their banner inside the church.
But Lega and Federcalcio were also at the center of the controversy over the missed minute of silence on all fields. Only Juventus and Inter, in fact, remembered the European champion striker in '68 with a minute of recollection before their respective matches.
"It is shameful – noted Claudio Gentile – that Anastasi has not been given a minute of recollection on all the fields of Serie A. There is really great bitterness". "The Federation has forgotten it a little," said Carlo Muraro . Saturday, in truth, the Football Federation had decided to remember Anastasi with the mourning in the arm that Italy will wear at Wembley in the friendly match of 27 March with England.
Bettega, was a symbolic man of the 70s – “He was my roommate, he managed to give me peace of mind to face a tough challenge. He was the symbolic man of the 70s, it was a different world, not comparable to that of today. He was a great man. " Roberto Bettega thus remembers Pietro Anastasi, his teammate at Juventus and in the national team.
“My heel goal? The cross was from Anastasi, I remember it well. He was a person who incited and routed you, he was really important in my life, as a man and as a friend. No minute of silence? These are not questions to ask me, my minute of silence started on Friday at 11 when I was informed of his disappearance ".
Oriali, it was impossible not to love him – “It was impossible not to love him, he was a symbol of everyone and a great friend. I want to remember it with a smile. " Thus Gabriele Oriali remembers the figure of Pietro Anastasi.
“It was an honor to be able to play with him and to be able to attend him. He had many human values, he was a great player. " Oriali, behind the sunglasses, indulges in the emotion: "In the last period I haven't heard it often and I'm sorry".
Marotta created the nobility of being southern – “The value of Pietro Anastasi's memory is very strong, as fans he gave us emotions in that one European won by Italy in '68. Anastasi created the nobility of the southern being ”. Beppe Marotta remembers Pietro Anastasi with great transport and tries to quell the controversy over the missed minute of recollection on the Serie A fields.
“In Lecce we did it – explains the Inter CEO – As a club, it was a dutiful gesture of gratitude towards a figure of great values. For the rest, it seems to me it was a contingent situation. The Federation will remember this in the forthcoming matches of the National teams ".
"On the disc of the last penalty you did not kick power, also because the disease has fatigued your body, but you have shot displacing the opponent", the words of Don Giampietro Corbetta , parish priest of San Vittore, during the homily. Anastasi will be cremated and will rest at the cemetery of Masnago (Varese), near the Ossola stadium (source Ansa).
Source: Blitz Quotidiano