Napoli to donate match funds to quake victims
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Serie A club Napoli will donate the proceeds from their next home match against Atalanta on Saturday to the victims of the L'Aquila earthquake.

The latest death toll stands at 179 people while thousands have been left homeless after their houses collapsed during the earthquake in the Abruzzo region which struck in the early hours of Monday morning and measured 6.2 on the Richter scale.

"President Aurelio De Laurentiis, who has been profoundly touched by the human tragedy, has decided, as an act of solidarity, to give the takings from the Napoli-Atalanta match to the families of victims of the earthquake in Abruzzo," said a brief statement from the club.

We share the pain of the families of the victims, Italian football won't fail to show its solidarity with the population affected by this tragedy.
FIGC President Giancarlo Abete.

The Italian Football Federation has called off all amateur football in the Abruzzo region this week and suspended the tour of the FIFA World Cup™ Trophy, which was due to arrive soon in Abruzzo.

"This is a tragedy that has hit the whole country. The football world is a popular one which must bow it's head as a mark of respect," said FIGC president Giancarlo Abete.

"We share the pain of the families of the victims, Italian football won't fail to show its solidarity with the population affected by this tragedy."

Serie A team Fiorentina, who have an official supporters' club in L'Aquila, have also vowed to help those affected by the earthquake.