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Italy cancel friendly after quake

Game in Parma called off after magnitude 5.8 earthquake strikes region.

ESPN staff

Italy's friendly was called off after the quake struck.© AP Images

Italy have cancelled their friendly against Luxembourg in Parma after a magnitude 5.8 earthquake struck an area close to the northern city on Tuesday.

The Italian football federation (FIGC) announced the cancellation after at least 10 people in and around Modena were killed by the quake. Federation officials met Parma city leaders and it was agreed that the game should not go ahead.

Vincenzo Bernazzoli, the president of the province of Parma, said: "In our region, thousands of citizens, in these hours, are upset. It does not seem appropriate to continue with the game. Football has to stop.

"Faced with what happened, the tremors that keep coming, we're not playing the Italy game."

In a statement, the Italian football federation read: "The friendly between Italy and Luxembourg, scheduled for tonight at the Stadio Tardini in Parma, has been called off.

"The decision has been taken by the FIGC along with the local and regional authorities after the earthquake that has hit the Emilia Romagna region and affected the north of Italy.''

The quake happened a little over a week after a similarly-sized earthquake hit the same area, killing seven people and destroying buildings. It hit at 9.03am local time and also caused shocks in Milan and Bologna. Large aftershocks were reported.



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