Sole Udinese fan invited for a drink by opposition fans

The only supporter to turn up and support his club during a Serie A fixture was greeted by the home crowd and given a coffee and a replica shirt for his troubles
Arrigo Brovedani was the sole supporter to show up and support Udinese in their trip to fellow Serie A club Sampdoria.

The stadium in which the game took place is approximately four hours away by car from where Udinese are based in Friuli, and despite the match taking place on a Monday night in a fixture that usually attracts around 60 fans, he was shocked to be the only one in attendance.

"I went there thinking I would find five or six other people," the Udinese fan told BBC.

"I went into the stadium while they [Udinese] were warming up. I shouted and said 'hi' to the team.

"When I went in the local fans booed me, I felt a bit offended.

"But in the end they clapped and invited me for coffee and a meal, and the club managers gave me a shirt. They wished me a merry Christmas."

Mr Brovedani later admitted that he was on a business trip close to the ground which allowed him to watch the game.

He added: "I like the stadium there, it is very similar to English stadiums. I always take my flag and scarf around they are always in the car with me."