Italian football is in mourning following the passing of Sampdoria president Riccardo Garrone.

Garrone, who would have been 77 on Wednesday, passed away yesterday after a battle against illness.

The Honorary President of energy company ERG, who has six children, bought Doria in January 2002 from Enrico Mantovani.

His oldest son Edoardo is Sampdoria's Vice-President.