Rome — A minute of silence will be observed before all
professional football matches in Italy this week to mourn the victims of an
earthquake that rocked the central part of the country early Wednesday.
The Italian football federation also says that national
teams will wear black armbands "in a sign of solidarity during a time of
such great pain for the entire country."
Italy's civil protection agency says at least 37 people have
died in the magnitude 6 quake.
Also read: Five dead as powerful quake shakes Italy
The quake struck at 3:36 a.m. (0136 GMT) and was felt across
a broad swath of central Italy, including Rome.
Serie A matches are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, and
Italy faces France in a friendly on Sept. 1 in the southern town of Bari.For
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