Italy-Luxembourg friendly called off after quake

Reuters

Tue, 29 May 14:54:00 2012

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Italy's friendly against Luxembourg in Parma on Tuesday has been cancelled after the earthquake which struck the region near the northern city earlier in the day, Italy's football federation said.

At least 10 people have died after the magnitude 5.8 quake hit northern Italy on Tuesday, just over a week after a similar sized shock struck the region last week.

"In our region, thousands of citizens are devastated," said Vincenzo Bernazzoli, president of the Province of Parma.

"Faced with the victims and the persistence of the tremors, it doesn't seem right to proceed with the match. Football has to be paused."

The cancellation is another blow to coach Cesare Prandelli and his Italy squad, who have already been rocked by police raids at their training camp in Coverciano as part of the recent match-fixing scandal.

Prandelli, who on Tuesday announced his 23-man squad for Euro 2012, will now have to wait until Friday's friendly with Russia at the Letzigrund Stadium in Zurich to get a glimpse of his side.

 

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