Why are Tottenham and Brighton wearing black armbands during their game tonight? | The Sun

TOTTENHAM host Brighton tonight in their Premier League clash.

And both sets of players are set to wear black armbands in the game at Brighton.

Why are Tottenham and Brighton wearing black armbands?

The teams are wearing black armbands in tribute to Tottenham fitness coach Gian Piero Ventrone.

Ventrone passed away this week after a short battle with acute leukaemia.

The popular Italian arrived at Spurs alongside Antonio Conte in November 2021 and was a trusted ally of the former Chelsea boss.

Ventrone built a reputation of working players extremely hard, but still managed to build up an incredible rapport with them.

In a tragic turn of events, Tottenham confirmed: "We are devastated to announce that fitness coach Gian Piero Ventrone has passed away.

"The 61-year-old joined the Club in November, 2021, as part of Antonio Conte’s backroom staff, having previously held roles at Juventus, Catania, JS Suning, GZ Evergrande and AC Ajaccio.

"As loveable off the pitch as he was demanding on it, Gian Piero quickly became a hugely popular figure with players and staff.

"He will be greatly missed by everyone at the Club and our thoughts are with his family and friends at this impossibly sad time."

Devastated striker Kane wrote on Instagram: "A truly remarkable man.

"I’m devastated by the passing of our coach Gian Piero. My love and strength is with his family at this time.

"His words and wisdom will live on with me for the rest of my life and I’m just grateful I had the opportunity to spend time with him. Rest in peace Prof."

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