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Italy's friendly with Luxembourg in Parma called off after quake

“Everything is fine in camp,” the FAI say after 12 people lose their lives 210km away.

Italy's coach Cesare Prandelli talks to journalists yesterday.
Italy's coach Cesare Prandelli talks to journalists yesterday.
Image: Marco Vasini/AP/Press Association Images

ITALY’S EURO 2012 warm-up game against Luxembourg has been cancelled today.

The Azzurri’s friendly international, scheduled to take place in Parma tonight, was called off after a strong earthquake hit the region, killing at least 12 people.

The game was called off by the Italian Football Federation and local authorities. Tremors were also felt in the Irish panel’s Tuscan base.

“An earthquake was experienced in Parma, 210 km away from the Irish team’s training camp in Montecatini this morning at 9.03am,” an FAI statement reads.

“Tremors were felt in Montecatini. Nothing was noticed on the ground floor of the team hotel. However, some light movement was experienced in the higher levels. Everything is fine in camp. The thoughts and prayers of Giovanni, Marco and the squad at this time are with the dead and injured in the neighbouring Emilia Romagnan region.”

Earlier this week the Italian squad had to contend with dawn raids as part of a match-fixing probe.

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