Genoa fans 'silent' for 43 minutes in honor of bridge victims
Updated 6:03 AM ET, Mon August 27, 2018
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(CNN)Football stadiums are normally a cacophony of noise as rival supporters cheer on their respective teams.
But nearly 20,000 fans remained quiet for 43 minutes to honor the victims of the Morandi Bridge collapse as Genoa's football team returned to action on Sunday for the first time since the tragedy earlier this month.
Supporters of the Italian club had called for "a deafening silence of 43 minutes, one for each child, worker, student, father or mother who are no longer with us today."
For most of the first half against Serie A rival Empoli the atmosphere in the Luigi Ferraris stadium was muted and sombre, even when Genoa went 2-0 up.
After 43 minutes the names of the victims of the August 14 catastrophe were displayed on big screens to rapturous applause and from then on fans returned to their usual vocal support.
Banners commemorating the disaster were displayed around the ground and at other Serie A stadiums over the weekend.
Genoa won Sunday's match 2-1.