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All too often, football is personified by petty fighting between clubs, clashing fans and blind tribalism.
Occasionally, however, those involved with the beautiful game live up to that moniker and conduct themselves with style and class.
The outpouring of sympathy to Milito following his horrific injury is proof that once every so often, professional football isn't as ruthless as it pretends to be.
Only on the rarest occasion do crosstown rivals unite on a subject, but following the game against Cluj, AC Milan were quick to release a statement, offering their best wishes to the injured Argentinian.
"AC Milan sends our condolences to Diego Milito after the serious injury sustained yesterday evening," read the release on the club's website. "Best wishes to the player for a speedy recovery."
It was a sentiment echoed around Italy, with the sad news about Milito coming soon after the even sadder news that 37-year-old Carmelo Imbriani, who played for Napoli and Genoa among other clubs, had lost his battle with lymphoma (via the Italian daily newspaper, La Repubblica).