Euro 2020: Italy's chief scientific advisor says UEFA's fan deadline is unrealistic

Rome's Stadio Olimpico is due to host Italy's three group-stage matches, including the opening game against Turkey on 11 June, as well as a quarter-final.

Agence France-Presse April 12, 2021 15:47:10 IST
Euro 2020: Italy's chief scientific advisor says UEFA's fan deadline is unrealistic

Representational image of the signage for the Euro 2020 football tournament. AP Photo

Rome: Italy needs more time from UEFA to decide how many fans can safely attend Euro 2020 matches in Rome, the Italian government's chief scientific advisor said on Monday.

UEFA last week extended the deadline for the host countries to say how many fans they would host but at the same time it threatened four of the 12 cities with losing their matches.

Originally, UEFA asked for a firm decision from host cities by 7 April, but when some countries said they were not in a position to give assurances that they would allow fans into the grounds, the governing body of European football gave them 12 more days while issuing a warning.

Like Munich, Bilbao and Dublin, the Italian capital has "until 19 April to provide" UEFA with "additional information" on its plans for spectators.

Franco Locatelli, the scientific advisor, told state broadcaster RAI that the deadline was unrealistic because it was hard to predict the spread of COVID-19 .

"It would be desirable for UEFA to give a little more time because it is difficult to make a forecast for an event that will take place in two months' time," said Locatelli.

"If we could wait until the start of May, it would be more feasible to make a forecast more consistent with the evolution of the epidemic."

The Stadio Olimpico is due to host Italy's three group-stage matches, including the opening game against Turkey on 11 June, as well as a quarter-final.

"Every effort will be made to keep the opening match as well as the other three matches," said Locatelli.

The Italian government has given a green light to fans at Euro 2020 games, but asked its technical and scientific committee to come up with health protocols.

The president of the Italian Football Association, Gabriele Gravina, is in favour of opening up the Stadio Olimpico to 30 percent of its capacity, or some 20,000 spectators.

 

Updated Date:

also read

Probe ordered after US player racially abused by Nicaraguan opponent at Futsal event
Sports

Probe ordered after US player racially abused by Nicaraguan opponent at Futsal event

A statement from US Soccer said CONCACAF had opened an investigation into the alleged incident, which occurred at Tuesday's game between the United States and Nicaragua in Guatemala City, won 4-2 by the United States.

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.

Champions League: UEFA, British government talks on Wembley final hit a roadblock, Portugal a backup
Sports

Champions League: UEFA, British government talks on Wembley final hit a roadblock, Portugal a backup

Discussions between UEFA and the government failed to reach a resolution on Monday with the competition organiser wanting waivers to allow media, sponsors and guests to fly in without having to quarantine