Tragedy at Juventus as two trainees drown

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Juventus's Serie B game at home to Cesena last night was postponed after two players in the youth team drowned in a lake inside the club's sports centre. Fire brigade divers retrieved the bodies of Alessio Ferramosca and Riccardo Neri, both aged 17, from the small artificial lake. Police said that they had fallen in the ice-cold water as they were trying to retrieve a football.

"The causes of the accident are under investigation by the authorities," Juventus sporting director Alessio Secco said. "Taking grief into account, Juve has asked the league and Cesena to postpone the match." A minute's silence will be held before all games in Serie A and B this weekend.

The Serie A leaders Internazionale will set a club record of nine League wins in a row if they beat Messina at home tomorrow, surpassing the record that has stood since 1939-40. Below them, Palermo visit Roma in a match dubbed as a second place play-off. In the last month the Sicilian side have slipped back to third, eight points behind Inter and a point behind Roma.

In Spain, Seville play Recreativo Huelva tomorrow as they try to take advantage of Barcelona being at the Club World Cup and move to the top of the table.