Sunday’s game between Lazio and Sampdoria was a special and pleasant occasion with a good result and many fans in the stands. For one certain girl it was her first game at Stadio Olimpico in Rome. Certainly an special experience for her, however a very emotional one for her dad. This was because Giulia Paparelli joined her grandfather to the game instead of her father Gabriele, as he unfortunately couldn’t join her.
Gabriele is the son of the laziale Vincenzo Paparelli that tragically died after being hit by a signal shot fired from a young Roma supporter on the 28th of October in 1979. Vincenzo was hit in the head while he was eating a sandwich just beside his wife Wanda – she tried to save her husband but it was all in vain. Their son Gabriele was only 8 years old at the time.
Gabriele’s daughter Giulia adores Ciro Immobile and Felipe Anderson, however she hasn’t been able to get the full experience of the game until this special occasion – wearing the Lazio shirt supporting the team at the stadium. Also, to to see her deceased grandfather Vincenzo portrayed on a banner.
During the weekend games, the players in Italy also had a red stripe on one cheek to support the ‘Protest Against Violence Against Women’. Very fitting, the laziale Chiara Insidioso Monda also was back in the stands after 1538 days of absence.
Chiara became in a sad way known after being badly beaten into to a state of coma by her boyfriend on the 3rd of February 2014. Since then she has slowly recovered, but she still has heavy brain damage due to the beating and is mentally and physically disabled.
However, she was now happily was back again at the Olimpico with her father Maurizio (to the right) and was able to once again watch her beloved team win against Sampdoria.
A good page in a sad story.
Editor: Steven Moore