Ireland squad feel tremors at Euros training base
SOME members of the Ireland squad yesterday felt slight tremors from the deadly earthquake.
Their Euro 2012 base in Montecatini is just 200km from the epicentre in the Emilia Romagnan region.
Squad members who were upstairs in their bedrooms felt a slight movement just after 9am when the quake struck. But it was only later that they learned what had caused the brief shake.
On the ground floor, business continued as usual. Manager Giovanni Trapattoni was outside with injury doubts John O'Shea and Paul McShane, in addition to medical staff, and none of their group noticed anything.
It was the same for everybody else on ground level, with a meeting of FAI officials proceeding as normal. Another group of players who were having breakfast didn't feel a tremor either.
A statement from the FAI said: "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 [Tardelli] and the squad are with the dead and injured in the neighbouring Emilia Romagnan region."
Their stories tallied with the general mood in Montecatini, where the natives are used to the impact of earthquakes.
It was business as usual for the Ireland squad, and their friendly match with a selection of players from the Tuscany region went ahead as scheduled in nearby Pistoia.
The quake did cause disruption for Ireland's Euro 2012 opponents Italy, however. Cesare Prandelli's side were due to play a friendly match against Luxembourg in Parma last night, but the match venue was so close to the epicentre that the fixture was called off.
It's a further setback for the Italians after they were rocked by match-fixing allegations on Monday, which led to the departure of defender Domenico Criscito.