Italian FA chief hopes for reopening of stadiums before Euro 2020

Shortly after UEFA confirmed that Rome’s Stadio Olimpico has been “fully confirmed” as a venue for Euro 2020 matches, Italian Football Federation (FIGC) President Gabriele Gravina expressed hopes for the reopening of stadiums before the Euro 2020 football matches. The most glorious 24-team European Championships will take place from June 11 to July 11 in 2021.

The Italian capital was one of four of the 12 Euro 2020 hosting cities threatened to have its matches dropped due to doubts of not allowing spectators in stadium for the event. Earlier this week, however, following the green light given by the Italian government, Rome was finally confirmed as a host venue for the event after assurances were made that the Stadio Olimpico would admit at least 25per cent capacity for the three group games, including the tournament opener between Italy and Turkey.

“The authorities have guaranteed at least 25 percent of the stadium’s capacity will be filled,” European football’s governing body said. “As a result, UEFA considers Rome to be fully confirmed as a venue for the tournament.” Stadio Olimpico was also picked to host Italy’s other group matches against Switzerland and Wales, as well as a quarter-final.

Shared by Roma and Lazio, the Stadio Olimpico in Rome has undergone several renovations since officially opening in 1953. It has staged four European Cup finals, the 1960 Olympics and the finals of EURO 1968 and the 1990 World Cup, as well as various Italy matches. Currently the main and largest sports facility of Rome, this stadium previously hosted the 1980 final of the European Championship.

Gravina said he was optimistic that fans would be allowed into stadiums ahead of the games in Rome after he had a meeting with the Undersecretary for Sport, Valentina Vezzali. “The meeting went well, it was proactive and constructive,”Gravina said. “The general reopening is the most important thing and the problem of Serie A stadiums is linked to that.”

It is learnt that no supporters are currently permitted into football stadiums in Italy. “It is unthinkable to hope for the isolated opening of one sector to the detriment of others,” Gravina added. “But now there is hope of a general reopening and there is a good chance of that before the Euros. The decisions are up to the government, there are great possibilities even before the European Cup.”

He also emphasizes that the Coppa Italia final, which will take place on May 19, is “one of the hypotheses, along with other events before June.” Earlier, Lega Serie A chief Paolo Dal Pino asks the government to use Serie A “as an important testing ground for the protocol to be used at this European event.” Serie A matches are being played

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