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Milan’s Stephan El Shaarawy donated a defibrillator to his old youth club

Brooks Peck
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El Shaarawy (left) presents to device to Legino president Pietro Carella. (AC Milan)

Following the death of Italian footballer Piermario Morosini during a Serie B match less than two weeks ago, there have been increased calls to have defibrillators on standby at matches across all levels of the sport. And though it will take time to bring about widespread changes, individuals like 19-year-old Milan striker Stephan El Sharaawy are doing what they can to help on a smaller scale.

On Monday, El Sharaawy returned to his hometown of Savona with his parents and donated a defibrillator to youth club Legino Calcio 1919, the side where he played until he was 14. According to Il Vostro Giornale, El Sharaawy told the hundreds of people present that the decision to donate the defibrillator was a joint effort between him and Milan as a response to Morosini's death. And that he chose Legino because that's where he started his "adventure." He then stuck around, signed autographs and posed for pictures with fans.

Anyway, with so much talk of misdeeds from players and fans over recently, here's something nice (and no, El Shaarawy didn't test the defibrillator out on his hair before donating it).

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