Italy PM Mario Draghi believes the Euro 2020 Final should not be played where ‘the virus is spreading quickly,’ but UEFA have confirmed Wembley as the venue for the Finals.
There are fears concerning the spread of the COVID Delta variant in the UK, which becomes an even bigger issue with the Euro 2020 Final Four scheduled in London.
From today, anyone coming to Italy from the United Kingdom must quarantine for five days.
“I will ensure the Final is not played in countries where the virus is spreading quickly,” Italy PM Mario Draghi said at a press conference today.
There have been rumours about UEFA possibly moving the Final from London to Rome or Budapest, but FIGC President Gabriele Gravina had denied before Draghi’s press conference that Italy is being considered as the venue for the Final Four.
“There aren’t the right conditions to organize such an event in Rome or Budapest. The fact that 60,000 fans can follow the game in the Budapest stadium wearing no face masks attracts attention and fears.
“I want to highlight the sense of responsibility shown by our country regarding the fans’ health.”
The Azzurri will face Austria at Wembley in the round of 16 stage on Saturday and restrictions imposed by Italy concerning travels to the UK could affect Roberto Mancini’s side.
“We are doing everything we can to obtain a derogation from the five-day quarantine rule,” Gravina said.
“Otherwise, communication and organization could be affected.”
According to Repubblica.it, UEFA won’t move the Final Four venue from London as confirmed by representatives of the European football governing body to the English FA.
UEFA confirmed with an official statement that there are no plans to change the venue for the semi-finals and the Final.