ITALY PAY RESPECTS AT AUSCHWITZ

Italy have paid a visit to the memorial at the former Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz.

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Italy's players visit Auschwitz

Italy's players visit Auschwitz

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The Italian national team today paid a visit to the memorial at the former Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz.

Azzurri coach Cesare Prandelli and his players made the 60-kilometre trip from their base in Krakow to the site of the camp.

"For us it has been a very moving experience," said defender Giorgio Chiellini to Gazzetta dello Sport. "It was important to come here to remember and to listen to the testimonies of those that survived.

"We are aware that all that happened here should never take place again.

"I am happy to see so many young people here and it is right they see this in order for future generations to remember what happened here.

"We must communicate the fight against any form of racial discrimination and any type of atrocities."

The Azzurri listened to the testimonies of survivors before placing flowers and lighting up candles in memory of the 1.3million people, mostly Jews, who died there.

"It is a day that leaves you shaken," said Italy midfielder Riccardo Montolivo.

"You feel a great void. We had to come here."

Italy are just one of the national teams competing at Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine who have made the trip to Auschwitz this week.

The Azzurri will train this afternoon at Krakow's Municipal stadium with Cagliari defender Davide Astori set to take part in the session.

Astori travelled to Krakow this morning to join the team after Prandelli revealed yesterday the player would be brought into the squad if Andrea Barzagli is a long-term injury risk for the European Championship.

Barzagli was injured in last week's 3-0 friendly defeat to Russia and is sidelined for 20 days with a calf problem.

The Juventus defender has already been ruled out of the group stages and will undergo further tests on Friday to confirm the extent of the injury.

Prandelli will then make a decision whether to keep Barzagli in the group.

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