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Sunday November 6 2011
Napoli and Juve: "It wasn't safe"

Both Napoli and Juventus agree it was the right decision to call off tonight’s game amid fears for public safety in the flooded city.

The Stadio San Paolo was to host this evening’s Scudetto showdown at 19.45 UK time, but the Mayor of Naples postponed the game, as all citizens are urged to stay at home.

Genoa-Inter was already called off this morning, as floods in the centre of Genoa left six people dead and caused huge damage.

“As is only right, the authorities made this decision for the greater good and for public safety,” said Juventus director general Beppe Marotta.

“We are disappointed, because we’d prepared for this match very carefully and were in excellent shape. Napoli took part in the meeting with the authorities and provided more details for the overall analysis of the situation.”

Some would say the postponement suits Napoli, who were tired from Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Bayern Munich.

“We agree with the decision to call off the game, because this could’ve become a very risky situation with more than 60,000 people flocking to the stadium,” said director of sport Riccardo Bigon.

“The state of the pitch was also at risk from flooding, so bringing all those fans to the arena we could’ve ended up having to stop play anyway.

“This situation absolutely does not help Napoli, because it adds to a terrible cycle of games for us. The most likely date to reschedule is December 14, so between Novara and Roma.”

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