Chelsea given FA approval to stage Gianluca Vialli tributes at next two games after much-loved former striker and manager lost his battle with pancreatic cancer on Friday
- Chelsea were given approval by the FA to stage their own tributes to the Italian
- The Blues will warm up in T-shirts bearing his old No. 9 shirt against Man City
- There will be a minutes applause held for Vialli before Chelsea’s next two games
- Black armbands will also be worn for the former Chelsea player and manager
Chelsea will pay tribute to Gianluca Vialli in their next two games with a minute’s applause and warm up T-shirts containing his old No. 9 on them.
The much-loved Italian lost his battle with pancreatic cancer on Friday at the age of 58, after battling the illness since 2017.
Chelsea have been given the green light to mark his passing before Sunday’s FA Cup third-round clash against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.
Fans left flowers outside Stamford Bridge on Friday after learning of Vialli’s untimely passing
The Blues will also honour Vialli before next weekend’s game with Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge.
Tributes have poured in for the Italian from former team-mates and pundits since news broke of his passing on Friday morning.
Vialli represented his country 59 times and was assistant manager to Roberto Mancini when Italy beat England in the Euro 2020 final at Wembley.
He began his career at Cremonese in 1980 before securing a switch to Sampdoria four-years later.
Vialli was assistant manager to Roberto Mancini when Italy beat England in the Euro 2020 final
The Italian striker signed for Chelsea in 1996 before taking over as player-manager in 1999
In 1992, Vialli moved to Serie A giant Juventus, making 102 appearances, helping the Old Lady lift the Champions League in 1996.
Vialli left his homeland to join Chelsea in 1996, scoring 21 goals in 58 games before becoming player-manager aged just 33 following the sacking of Ruud Gullit.
He was the first Italian to manage in the Premier League and in his first season at the helm, led the Blues to the Cup Winner’s Cup and League Cup.
Vialli took charge of First Division side Watford in 2001 but was sacked after just one season with the Hornets finishing 14th in the table.
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