Ireland team express sorrow for earthquake victims

Ireland team express sorrow for earthquake victims

The Republic of Ireland team have said their thoughts are with the people of northern Italy after at least 10 people died in an earthquake near their Euro 2012 training base.

The 5.8 magnitude shock rocked the Emilia-Romagna region about 210km from the camp in the spa town of Montecatini in Tuscany.

The Football Association of Ireland (FAI) issued a statement on behalf of manager Giovanni Trapattoni and his assistant Marco Tardelli.

“Tremors were felt in Montecatini. Nothing was noticed on the ground floor of the team hotel,” a spokesman said.

“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.”

The FAI said that some tremors were felt in the team hotel, but there was no panic.

The epicentre of the earthquake was believed to be near Parma at 9.03am, local time.

It is the second earthquake to hit the region of Emilia-Romagna region in just more than a week with the first, a magnitude 6, leaving seven people dead and forcing thousands of others to live outdoors in tents.

Reporters based near the team hotel said the earthquake lasted up to 15 seconds and that they felt hotel rooms shake but no buildings were evacuated.

Small tremors were felt in the region in the hours after.

Italy’s friendly against Luxembourg in Parma tonight has been cancelled as a result of the quake.

The Republic of Ireland team have been based in Montecatini since Sunday as they prepare for the group stages of the European Championships in Poznan and Gdansk.

Trapattoni’s squad were due to take on a Tuscan select team tonight in Pistoia as part of the build-up.

The team fly to Budapest on Monday for a friendly match against Hungary before travelling on to Poland on Tuesday to begin more intense training.

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