Sunday April 15 2012
Reja: 'Calcio had to stop'

Edy Reja feels it was “the right decision” to suspend all football in Italy this weekend after the death of Piermario Morosini, but defended heart screening programmes.

The FIGC announced that all games would be postponed after Morosini collapsed and died during the Pescara-Livorno Serie B match on Saturday afternoon.

“With what spirit would we have played? It was the right decision to stop the games,” said Lazio Coach Reja.

“I did not personally know Morosini, but when I was at Napoli we had scouted him out with the directors for his great qualities. He had real promise.

“This is a tragedy, especially as in the space of a few years he had lost both parents and a brother. I struggle to find the words.”

Morosini’s death has prompted many to call for new even stricter testing of players, even though Italy already has the toughest screening programme in Europe.

“The players are monitored every four or five months and have ECG stress tests. These things can happen and you can’t argue with destiny,” insisted Reja.

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