Saturday November 5 2011
lnter 'had to call off' Genoa game

It was “a moral imperative” to call off Genoa-Inter after flash floods killed seven people, as Miguel Veloso gives an eye-witness account.

The Serie A match was set to kick off at 11.30am UK time on Sunday, but a new date will be decided on Monday.

This is because flash floods in Genoa killed seven people and more heavy rainfall is expected for the area over the weekend.

“Clearly the situation is tragic, so right now the match is the last of our concerns,” said Inter general manager Ernesto Paolillo.

“It is impossible to even think about sport in this context. Some children died in the floods and our thoughts go out to all those who are suffering at this time.

“It was simply a moral imperative to call off the game.”

Genoa midfielder Miguel Veloso also gave an insight into the atmosphere in the city.

“The city centre is turned upside down,” he told Portuguese newspaper Record.

“I live in the centre of Genoa and the main road is full of rubble. There is so much destruction. I was afraid, because I've never seen anything like it.”

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