AC Milan have been granted permission to wear black armbands during their Coppa Italia clash with Torino on Tuesday evening in a mark of respect to late basketball great and Rossoneri supporter Kobe Bryant.
The LA Lakers legend was tragically killed in a helicopter clash on Sunday in Calabasas, California, alongside eight others, including his 13-year-old daughter Gianna.
Bryant spent time in Italy while his dad Joe played basketball there and was a boyhood Milan fan, while his father followed Inter and his sister supported Juventus.
Milan confirmed on Tuesday morning that Serie A had granted their blessing for the Rossoneri to wear black armbands in memory of one of their most illustrious followers, while there will also be a tribute before kick off.
In agreement with @SerieA, tonight #ACMilan will wear the black armband in memory of Kobe Bryant, who died in a tragic helicopter crash together with his daughter Gianna Maria and 7 other victims. The whole San Siro will also pay a tribute just a few minutes away from kick off.— AC Milan (@acmilan) January 28, 2020
In a tweet, the club wrote: "I
In loving memory of a true legend: Kobe Bryant ❤ pic.twitter.com/4Ysb6FhZeQ— AC Milan (@acmilan) January 27, 2020