Italy’s clash with Argentina in Genoa initially scheduled for Saturday has been brought forward to Friday because of the bad weather.
Italy’s clash with Argentina in Genoa initially scheduled for Saturday has been brought forward to Friday because of the bad weather expected to hit the region, the Italian Federation (FIR) has confirmed.
The game will now kick-off at 17.15 local time (16.15 GMT).
While it is currently sunny in the Liguria region, heavy thunderstorms are forecast for Saturday, and there has been flooding in recent weeks, so the FIR has taken the decision to move the game.
“We can’t even consider moving to another venue, it would be too complicated,” FIR media spokesman Andrea Cimbrico told AFP.
“Friday at 5pm is really our only practical window of opportunity to stage the match.”
Cimbrico added that the decision was taken following hours of meetings with officials from the city, including those tasked with guaranteeing public safety.
“The decision was made because of the very strong possibility of heavy rain on Saturday. Security officials felt that holding the match then posed just too much of a risk.”
The death toll from the latest wave of storms to batter northern Italy rose to five on Thursday as floods and landslides continued to wreak havoc across the region.
Genoa suffered particularly badly during heavy floods last month when millions of euros’ worth of damages were caused and people were forced from their homes.
The floods also badly affected the pitch at the Luigi Ferraris stadium, which is usually shared by Serie A sides Genoa and Sampdoria.
Italy began their November Test series with a morale-boosting 24-13 win over Samoa in Ascoli last week.
But after moving on to Genoa at the start of the week, the Azzurri were forced to train indoors due to poor conditions outside.
The game against Argentina is Italy’s second in the three-Test November series, ahead of meeting South Africa in Padua next weekend.