The ex-Aston Villa, Middlesbrough and Rangers centre-back was a youth team coach at Tottenham, Chelsea’s opponents this weekend, and was rushed to hospital yesterday after collapsing during a training session.
Rather than focusing on a potentially season-defining match against his side’s London rivals, Blues boss Conte opened his pre-match press conference this afternoon by addressing Ehiogu’s tragic death.
Conte: "I send my condolences to Ugo’s family. Football is not important in these situations. Will be a strange atmosphere tomorrow" #cfc
— Paul Brown (@pbsportswriter) April 21, 2017
Conte on Ugo Ehiogu: "Tomorrow there will be a strange atmosphere. It's a pity because he was very young, only 44, a former player." #CFC
— Bridge News (@cfc_wale) April 21, 2017
Conte on Ugo: "[when this happens], for sure you have a lot of things on your mind. Not good things." #CFC
— Augustine Thomford (@Ebo_Pedrito) April 21, 2017
He might be one of the toughest and most volatile characters in European football at the moment, but Antonio Conte’s messages this afternoon remind everyone how inconsequential trivial matters like football games are at a time like this.
Chelsea will be absolutely desperate to win at Wembley tomorrow evening and reach the FA Cup final, but some things are just far more important than your club’s next trophy.
Well said, Antonio.