Friday, 15 December 2006

Juve game postponed after youth players die

Juventus’ Serie B home match with Cesena on Friday was postponed after two youth team players died in a tragic accident at the club's Vinovo training centre.

The scoreboard in the Stadio Olimpico in Turin displayed a message noting that “Due to a serious accident that has struck Juventus, this match will not be played.”

There was confusion surrounding the reasons behind the decision, but police later confirmed that two Juventus Berretti (Under-17s) players died.

The unfortunate victims of this tragic accident were 17-year-old forward Alessio Ferramosca and goalkeeper Riccardo Neri – who would’ve turned 17 on Saturday.

In light of this tragic loss Juventus asked the Lega Calcio and Cesena for the Week 16 match to be postponed, just minutes before the teams were set to take to the field. There is as yet no news as to when the match will be rescheduled.

The reasons behind the accident are not yet clear, but the teenagers are thought to have drowned in a lake inside the training centre apparently when trying to recover some footballs that had fallen into the water during the team's Christmas party.

Ferramosca was pronounced dead at the scene, but desperate attempts to reanimate Neri at the hospital failed. An investigation by the authorities are currently under way.

There will be a minute’s silence before all Serie A and B games this weekend in memory of the two youngsters.

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