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Fans allowed to watch Azzurri in action at Stadio Olimpico

Ives Garcia
Fans allowed to watch Azzurri in action at Stadio Olimpico

Fans can now see their Italian national team in action for the Euro 202o.

This is because the Italian government has given the go signal for fans to attend Euro 2020 matches scheduled at Rome's Stadio Olimpico.

This includes the tournament's curtain raiser, the Italian football federation announced.

Rome is set to host the opening fixture for the delayed multi-host nation Euro, between Turkey and Italy in Group A on Friday, June 11.


Italy coach Roberto Mancini was elated with the news. He has said recently that it would be a ``great disappointment’’ for his Azzurri side to not play matches in Rome.

The European Championship will run until July 11 and is currently programmed to feature matches played in 11 other cities: London, Munich, Baku, Saint Petersburg, Budapest, Bucharest, Amsterdam, Bilbao, Glasgow, Dublin and Copenhagen.

The Italian capital was also selected to host Italy's other group matches against Switzerland and Wales, as well as a quarter-final.


``The willingness of the Italian government is excellent news that is good for the whole country, not just for football,’’ president of the federation (FIGC) Gabriele Gravina said in a statement.

Gravina added that Italian health minister Roberto Speranza had asked the technical and scientific committee which advises the government ``to find the best way to enable the presence of fans’’ for the games.

FIFA, European football's governing body, has given all 12 host cities until Wednesday to present their health plans to allow at least small numbers of fans into stadiums.

Cities that fail to guarantee fans for European Championship matches risk having their games relocated to other venues.


Last March, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin emphasized he did not want any matches played ``in front of empty stands’’ at the Euro.

Meanwhile, Scotland's national clinical director said he is optimistic Hampden Park in Glasgow will be able to accommodate fans for four matches, while the German FA wants fans to be allowed to attend games at Munich's Allianz Arena.

Ives Garcia
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