Despite the Italian government’s plan for fans to return to the stadiums, Rome is in grave danger of ceasing to be one of the 12 host cities for the upcoming European Championships (June 11 to July 11), as it should host the opening match. .
Guarantees that at least 25 per cent of the capacity can be held in the Games have yet to be made, and Franco Locatelli, the coordinator of the Scientific Technical Committee, set up by the government to advise on issues related to the pandemic, has reservations. It may happen until the next nineteenth day, as required by UEFA.
“It would be good if they gave us more time to assess the percentage of bystanders and the protocol, for example in early May, because predicting an event that will happen in two months is difficult. But the decision will always be political. What we do is provide technical support, ”he said.
Gabriel Gravina, the federation president, wrote to Prime Minister Mario Draghi asking the Italian government to “work so that UEFA can guarantee” the matches in Rome, according to ANSA.
The Italian capital is one of four cities that have yet to commit to UEFA to welcome fans – the others being Munich, Dublin and Bilbao. In the Spanish case, the Basque Autonomous Region government imposed conditions to allow fans to be in the stadium: that 60 percent of the population be vaccinated by then or, alternatively, only 2 percent of the household is in intensive care in the area’s Covid patients occupy. The Spanish Federation considers the conditions unrealistic and fears that UEFA will not accept them.