Welcome to the new Independent website. We hope you enjoy it and we value your feedback. Please contact us here.

IV Drip

Solitary Udinese fan wins hearts at away game


An Italian football fan who showed up to support his team in an away game has become a national hero - after it turned out he was the only supporter who bothered.

The away stand for Udinese's match against Sampdoria was completely empty - except for the presence of Arrigo Brovedani, a merchant, who clapped and cheered his team alone.

At first, Brovedani was booed by the Sampdoria fans - but soon his lone stand turned their favour. "When I went in and the local fans booed me, I felt a bit offended", he said.

"But in the end they clapped me and invited me for a coffee and a meal".

Udinese never takes more than 50 or 60 fans to away matches - but Brovedani was disappointed at the particularly low turnout: "I went there thinking I'd find five or six other people".

The four hour drive home won't have been so bad though, Udinese finished the match 2-0 winners - and dedicated the victory to their fan.