Lazio president Claudio Lotito remembered the late Italian journalist Giampiero Galeazzi, who was a huge Biancocelesti fan.
Speaking on the sidelines of his funeral in Campidoglio (via LazioNews24), the Lazio president spoke highly of Galeazzi and fondly remembered his character.
He was always present in a discreet and competent manner, I often received phone calls to encourage me to continue my work. I remember him with great affection.
He had a style, as they say in the courtly jargon, that is direct, that made feelings and emotions alive, he was able to translate them and bring them out of each of us.
Lotito continued discussing Galeazzi.
He is a person to whom we owe all our recognition for a type of authentic and true journalism that correctly represented the emotions of the moment and portrayed them in such a way as to constitute a message for the younger generations.
I will ask that he also be remembered during the match because I believe that a person like him, beyond his character, should not be forgotten, but should be handed down to the younger generations.
Galeazzi was born in Rome on 18th May 1946 and he became a competitive rower – becoming junior World Champion – before switching to journalism.
He became a sports commentator with state broadcaster Rai in 1972 and worked for years as a commentator of rowing, tennis, and football. He was also known for being a huge Lazio fan.
He remained a consistent part of Italian television for decades and hosted a variety of popular shows for Rai, before retiring in 2012.
Galeazzi sadly passed away at the age of 75 last week due to complications from diabetes. Figures from across the media and footballing world have come out with tributes and memories of the late journalist, who worked in media for 40 years.