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Thousands throng to pay respects to Di Stefano
Thousands of football fans, including King Felipe VI, throng to pay respects to Di Stefano
Associated Press
2014-07-09 03:01 AM

MADRID (AP) -- Thousands of football fan have queued for hours in midsummer heat to pay their respects and mourn the death of Real Madrid great Alfredo Di Stefano.

Queues several hundred yards (meters) long formed around the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium before doors opened at 10:30 a.m. to allow mourners to file past Di Stefano's casket, that was draped in club colors.

The line was still almost as long at 8 p.m., an hour before the impromptu chapel-of-rest was due to close, when King Felipe VI arrived to honor the memory of the club's greatest player.

The Argentine forward, who helped shape and cement Madrid's reputation as the most successful club in European football, died on Monday aged 88, two days after suffering heart failure in a street near the stadium.

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