Empoli goalkeeper Guglielmo Vicario has been named Ambassador for Kindness in Sport and Life after welcoming a family of Ukrainian refugees into his home.

The player was given a special jersey at the Coverciano training ground today, on occasion of his first senior Italy call-up.

It was presented as part of a charity initiative into Kindness in Sport and Life.

“I am happy that the Ukrainian family is settling in, above all the little boy seems pleased and is going to school. The chance to be around children his age is very important and helps distract him a little bit from the problems going on in his home country.

“Seeing him flourish gives me joy.”

Vicario and his family welcomed the mother and her eight-year-old son into their home in Udine in March after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Only after meeting his new friends did the little boy discover that he was living with a professional football player.

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