Italy started vaccinating the players under consideration for a place in Roberto Mancini’s Italy squad ahead of the UEFA Euro 2020 tournament. The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) said in a statement that players on the national team started receiving their first coronavirus shots at hospitals in Rome and Milan following the country’s Ministry of Health approval to prioritize their jabs before the event.
Despite lag in vaccination rollout, with just under 20.9 million people to have received at least one dose while only 6.3 million are fully vaccinated, as many as 28 players were given their first doses of vaccines. However, those at foreign clubs were not included in the jabs, nor were Roma players ahead of their Europa League semifinal against Manchester United, according to reports.
“Today 12 athletes were vaccinated in Rome, and another 14 or 15 in Milan, the number of players indicated by Mancini, which will then be restricted when we send the official squad list to UEFA,” said Italian Football Federation president Gabriele Gravina. The Euro league final opening match will be between Turkey and Euro 1968 champions Italy on June 11 at Rome’s Olympic Stadium.
“I would like to thank the government for allowing the European Championship to be played here in Italy and for allowing us to conduct this event with maximum safety, as far as the athletes are concerned,” Gravina added. “We will also take care of the safety of everyone who wants to experience the sporting events.”
Lazio and Italy forward Ciro Immobile confirmed the reports as he expressed his gratitude to the government after receiving his first jab. “I thank all the staff for their hospitality and their welcome,” Immobile said as he left the Spallanzani hospital in Rome. “We are happy and proud to have done this, getting yourself vaccinated is important, and we hope this moment will come soon for everyone.”
Reports claim that Italy will also soon offer vaccinations to its Olympic team according to Francesco Figliuolo, the extraordinary commissar for the coronavirus emergency at the opening of a vaccination centre in Rome. It is learnt that all three of Italy’s group games will be staged in Rome, as well as one quarter-final match.
Wearing the “Renaissance Kit”, the runners-up in the Euro 2000 and 2012 have qualified for Euro 2020 with a hard-fought 2-0 win over Greece courtesy of Chelsea’s Jorginho Federico Bernardeschi in 2019. The only other occasion Italy wore green came in 1954 in a 2-0 win against Argentina at Rome’s Stadio Olimpico. Italy will play against Turkey, Wales and Switzerland in Group A.
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