Play was stopped in the 10th minute of the Serie A clash between Benevento and Juventus as players and coaching staff from both teams paid tribute to Diego Maradona.
Argentina great Maradona, who lit up the Italian top flight during seven seasons with Napoli, died of natural causes at the age of 60 on Wednesday. Tributes have been paid across the sporting world this week, with a minute’s silence being held ahead of each Serie A game, during which players will wear black armbands. An image of Maradona is also being shown on stadium screens in the 10th minute of each fixture, marking the shirt number he wore, along with a “Ciao Diego” message. Benevento and Juve players, including Argentina international Paulo Dybala, went a step further with their tributes as play came to a standstill on Saturday for those present to applaud arguably the greatest ever footballer. Maradona led Napoli to league titles in 1987 and 1990 and the club plan to rename their San Paolo home in his honour.