«We are devastated but now we want the truth. We will file a complaint because we want to understand how our son died."

Sandro Giani , father of Mattia, the 26-year-old Castelfiorentino striker who died in Careggi after suffering an illness on Sunday in Campi Bisenzio during Eccellenza's match against Lanciotto, is missing.

Giani was at the stadium with his family and Mattia's girlfriend when his son felt ill: «I only know that the doctor wasn't there on that pitch. And that the first ambulance arrived, without a doctor, after 15 minutes ."

Before the ambulance arrived, continues Giani, «the masseur tried to resuscitate my son, then a spectator who works as a nurse came down from the stands to lend a hand. The defibrillator was there but was only used by the doctor transported by the second ambulance . Can one die like this?".

The ASL explains that the ambulance actually arrived in 8 minutes and Lanciotto states that the doctors were on the sidelines, as required by the FIGC regulations.


Mattia Giani had just taken a shot on goal, then he put his hand on his chest and collapsed to the ground . His heart had stopped beating for a few minutes and his condition immediately appeared very serious. The first to help him was the masseur from Castelfiorentino who began resuscitation measures, then there was the intervention of 118 and his desperate transport to hospital. However, there are those who have doubts about the timing of the rescue by the emergency system.

According to reconstructions, there was no ambulance at the stadium . The group leader of the centre-right lists Paolo Gandola asks Campi to "verify whether the 118 assistance was timely". Giorgio Mulé, vice-president of the Chamber and Forza Italia deputy, announces a question because "there was a defibrillator at the Campi Bisenzio stadium but it seems it wasn't on the sidelines as it should have been" .

Giani's death shocked the world of sport a few hours after Evan N'Dicka fell ill, fortunately without consequences, during Udinese-Roma . Giani was from Ponte a Egola (Pisa) and had dedicated part of his life to football. As fate would have it, yesterday's match was the return to the playing fields after a bad injury. He had grown up in the youth teams of Empoli and then in those of Pisa.

He was the brother of the brother-in-law and close acquaintance of Gianluca Mancini, defender of Roma and the national team who had just experienced moments of great fear for his teammate N'dicka and on social media expressed his closeness with a "Ciao Matti".


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