Muddle over Verona memorial

Verona authorities were forced to cancel plans to name a stadium after Italy's 1938 World Cup-winning goalkeeper Aldo Olivieri after discovering he was still alive.

Newspapers reported on Sunday that city authorities had everything ready for the inauguration until they discovered the former Verona player, in whose "unforgettable memory" the ground was to be named, was not dead as they had assumed.

"Thanks for the initiative but I hope to live a while longer, touch wood," 86-year-old Olivieri told the Gazzetta dello Sport from his home in western Italy.