A minute’s silence was held before every Serie A and Serie B game today, by order of current Italian president Giancarlo Abete in memory of the long-time editor of Italy’s favourite sports paper, La Gazzetta dello Sport.
Candido Cannavo who had been editor of the distinctive pink paper for 22 years before giving up the work in 2002, succumbed to a brain hemorrhage at the age of 78.
Tributes have been flying in from all over the country for the Sicilian journalist, with one coming from the Italian president, who sent a message that Sportal.it relayed.
“He was a man who, through honouring and passionately advocating the values of competition and correct behaviour, helped the world grow to love Italian football and Italian sport in general.”
Candido’s career spanned many World Cups and a staggering nine Olympic games.
He was in charge when the Azzurri won their third world championship in 1982.
Simone Finaldi, Goal.com