Roma fans have paid tribute to Alfie Evans ahead of their Champions League game against Liverpool with a touching message on a banner.
The 23-month old toddler passed away last week after just under a week since his life support was withdrawn following his battle against a degenerative brain condition.
“Bye little Alfie, rest among the angels,” read the banner written in Italian at the Stadio Olimpico.
The Giallorossi fans also took issue at the Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool for the decision to withdraw the life support after a lengthy legal battle against Alfie’s family.
The banner read, “Alder Hey Hospital Killers. Alfie Evans little warrior.”
Alfie’s parents exhausted all legal challenges against a court ruling that allowed the hospital to withdraw the ventilation keeping their son alive.
And Alfie’s father Tom Evans paid tribute to his son, writing: “My gladiator lay down his shield and gained his wings… absolutely heartbroken.”
The case attracted widespread attention and international support from the likes of Pope Francis.
His touching message following Alfie’s passing read: “I am deeply moved by the death of little Alfie.
“Today I pray especially for his parents, as God the Father receives him in his tender embrace.”
Tom Evans was presented with a ‘Blue Blood’ award from Everton chairman Bill Kenwright for his devotion to his sick son with an emotional speech.