Italy’s government will allow fans to attend matches at this year’s European Championship in Rome’s Olympic Stadium with at least 25% capacity, the country’s football federation (FIGC) said in a statement yesterday. Euro 2020 was postponed by a year due to the Covid-19 pandemic and European football’s governing body UEFA had asked the 12 host nations to submit their plans for allowing fans inside stadiums by early April.
The finals run from June 11-July 11. Last week the Italian government’s Technical Scientific Committee (CTS) said it was unable to give its opinion before the deadline and UEFA had given until April 19 for a decision.
Italy has registered 115,088 deaths linked to Covid-19 since its outbreak emerged in February last year, the second-highest toll in Europe after Britain. The country has reported 3.79mn cases to date.
Rome is due to host three group games — including the tournament’s opening match between Italy and Turkey on June 11 — and one quarter-final. Among the other 11 host cities, Budapest is looking to fill its 68,000-seater Puskas Arena at 100% capacity while St Petersburg and Baku have plans for 50%.
London, Amsterdam, Bucharest, Copenhagen and Glasgow agreed to fill their stadiums at capacities ranging from 25% to 33%. London confirmed a minimum capacity of 25% for the three group matches and a last-16 game but the UK government’s ‘roadmap’ could allow for a much higher capacity for the semi-finals and final.
Dublin and Bilbao were unable to commit to at least some fans being able to attend games. Munich’s mayor said on Monday he could not rule out blocking fans from attending games in June due to the infection rate and protection orders in the Bavarian capital. A final decision on whether those three cities remain hosts will be made at UEFA’s executive committee meeting on April 19.
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