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The Zebrette captain has expressed his sadness with the unexpected death of his former team-mate, and added that the club will make sure his sister is looked after

Antonio Di Natale has revealed that Udinese will provide the proper financial and emotional support to the sister of former team-mate Piermario Morosini.

Morosini, who was on loan at Livorno, collapsed on the pitch in his side's Serie B game against Pescara on Saturday and died on his way to the hospital at the age of 25.

The player's sister relied on Morosini for financial support following the death of their parents, and Di Natale has assured that Udinese will now look after her.

"We know the situation of his sister and we as a team, the club, and Udinese for Life have decided to help her because she is in real need," Di Natale told Udinese channel.

"It is essential to stay by the side of Piermario’s sister for her entire life. She needs us and we want to help, both for her and for Mario.

"When I saw the scene on the TV it was immediately clear that it was something serious. It was a very bad moment. He was an exceptional lad, so full of life. Despite all the problems he had, he was always at the disposal of the team and every day he gave us all strength."

The Italian Football Association (FIGC) opted to cancel all Serie A fixtures in the wake of Morosini's tragic death.

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