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Morosini death stuns Mario

MANCHESTER CITY striker Mario Balotelli was left "upset and speechless" by the death of Livorno midfielder Piermario Morosini.

The 25-year-old, who was on loan from Udinese, suffered a cardiac arrest during Saturday's Serie B match at Pescara.

Balotelli, who played for the Italy U21s at the same time as Morosini, said: "He was a great lad. It's a terrible event and makes you reflect on your own existence.

"It teaches you to appreciate life and to live it with care and dignity."

He added: "I was upset and speechless when I heard of Morosini's death.

"I couldn't believe it and thought it was a terrible joke.

"He was a great lad, a really great lad."

The Italian Football Association postponed all remaining matches in the country over the weekend because of the tragedy.