Rome to allow fans for Euro 2020 opener
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Rome to allow fans for Euro 2020 opener

Italian capital Rome will allow fans to attend the opening games at the Olympic Stadium for Euro 2020 slated for June.

The directive was given by the Italian government who said they will admit a limited number of fans for the games in what will be a welcome boost to UEFA amid concerns some venues may not be ready.

“Health Minister Roberto Speranza has told us that the government scientific advisers will identify the best solutions to allow the public to be at the Olympic Stadium in Rome for the European Championships.

“We received a strong signal for this restart which we will promptly transfer to UEFA,” FIGC President Gabriele Gravina said as relayed by Reuters via IWF.

The Euro 2020 tournament was postponed last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic with Rome scheduled to host the opening game of the tournament between Italy and Turkey on June 11, before the Italians take on Switzerland and Wales. The Italian capital is also due to host a quarter-final game.

The number of fans who will be able to attend is unclear, but a government source indicated that the vaccination process is key.

Italy has the second-highest Covid death toll in Europe after Britain and fans have been banned from matches in Italy for the majority of the past year, apart from a brief period shortly after the start of the season.

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