— Published 13 April 2021

Italian football calls on the government

The threat to disappear from the Euro 2020 football map (June 11 to July 11, 2021) is taken very seriously in Italy. Gabriele Gravina, the president of the Italian Football Federation, took his best pen to write a letter to Prime Minister Mario Draghi. With a single theme: keeping Rome among the 12 host cities of the continental tournament. The Italian capital is indeed one of the four cities threatened with being removed from the system, along with Munich, Dublin and Bilbao, due to the current uncertainty over the possible presence of spectators. UEFA has given them until April 19th to provide a detailed plan for public clearance into the stadiums. According to the Italian news agency ANSA, Gabriele Gravina called on Mario Draghi to take all necessary measures to confirm the Rome Statute by allowing spectators to be present. The Olympic stadium in Rome is to host the opening match, between Italy and Turkey, on June 11th, followed by two other group matches for Italy, against Switzerland and Wales, and finally a quarterfinal. Response from Valentina Vezzali, vice-Secretary of State for Sports: “We will work with all we have to get the green light for the public presence for these four meetings in Italy. The Euro is an important opportunity for our country“.