Euro 2020: Italy government allows 'at least 25 percent' turnout for matches to be held at Rome

No supporters are currently permitted into football stadiums in Italy, but the country was under strong pressure from UEFA to allow at least some fans in the stands for the delayed tournament.

Agence France-Presse April 13, 2021 22:54:55 IST
Euro 2020: Italy government allows 'at least 25 percent' turnout for matches to be held at Rome

Fans are currently barred from attending football matches in Italy, but will return to the stands in this year's European Championships. AFP

Rome: Italy has agreed to host Euro 2020 matches at Rome's Stadio Olimpico filled by "at least 25 percent" of its regular capacity, the country's football federation FIGC said Tuesday.

No supporters are currently permitted into football stadiums in Italy, but the country was under strong pressure from UEFA to allow at least some fans in the stands for the delayed tournament.

"Italy and Rome are present! The OK from the government to crowds being present at Euro 2020 games in Rome is fantastic news which we will immediately pass on to UEFA," FIGC President Gabriele Gravina said.

In a statement, Gravina said he received a letter from junior sports minister Valentina Vezzali indicating that "at least 25 percent" of the normal number of fans would be allowed at the Stadio Olimpico.

A spokesman for Vezzali confirmed this to AFP.

Euro 2020 was supposed to take place last year, but in March last year, as the coronavirus pandemic began to hit Europe, it was rescheduled to run from 11 June to 11 July, 2021.

Rome is set to host the opening fixture for the multi-host nation tournament, between Turkey and Italy. It was also picked to host Italy's other group matches against Switzerland and Wales, as well as a quarter-final.

UEFA, European football's governing body, had warned that cities that failed to allow fans for European Championship matches risked having their games relocated to other venues.

In March, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin made it clear he did not want any Euro 2020 matches played "in front of empty stands".

Updated Date:

also read

Government to allow limited fans at Italian Cup final between Atalanta and Juventus
Sports

Government to allow limited fans at Italian Cup final between Atalanta and Juventus

No supporters are currently allowed into football stadiums in Italy, but the country has committed to at least 25 percent capacity for the Stadio Olimpico in Rome from 11 June for their four Euro 2020 fixtures.

France coach Didier Deschamps warns against complacency as team targets World Cup and Euro double
Sports

France coach Didier Deschamps warns against complacency as team targets World Cup and Euro double

Didier Deschamps captained France to a World Cup and European Championship double as a player.

Euro 2020: Teams set to be allowed 26-man squads for deferred edition, three more players than usual
Sports

Euro 2020: Teams set to be allowed 26-man squads for deferred edition, three more players than usual

The congested schedule following the shutdown of the sport at the start of the pandemic last season is believed to be the reason to provide teams with more options.