A delegation representing the Italy squad paid a visit to Venice as it deals with historic levels of flooding. “The city will recover, like an injured player.”
Chief delegate Gianluca Vialli, FIGC President Gabriele Gravina and goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma all visited the iconic St Mark’s Square, that has been under water for last several days due to extreme flooding.
The city has come to a standstill, with shops and schools closed for consecutive days. The water is slowly subsiding, although new floods are expected when the tide rises.
“The city will overcome this, like an athlete that suffers a bad injury and then rises again,” Vialli told news agency ANSA.
The men talked to local shop owners and the police whilst walking through the square in wellington boots, with the water still slightly below the knees.
The Italian government has pledged €20m to help the city with the clean up operation.
Serie B side Chievo have offered to donate the gate from their next home match to the people of Venice.
All’arrivo a #Venezia, una delegazione azzurra guidata dal presidente #Gravina, insieme al capo delegazione della #Nazionale #Vialli e a #Donnarumma hanno fatto visita al centro città con i rappresentanti del #Comune, per testimoniare la vicinanza della #Figc alla cittadinanza pic.twitter.com/4tKz5j1Tig
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