He will be the President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella to represent the highest Italian institutions at the European football final between Italy e England a Wembley, Sunday 11 July. The confirmation, after yesterday’s rumors, comes directly from the Quirinale. The decision was made in the last few hours, after evaluating the health issues related to the evolution of the pandemic: the alternative was for the premier to fly to London Mario Draghi, because the presence of an institutional representative has never been doubted, despite Draghi’s words about the inopportunity of playing the final in England where contagions from Delta variant.
Among the precedents, the participation of another President of the Republic remains unforgettable, Sandro Pertini, at the final of the Spanish Mundial of 1982, with his historic “They don’t take us anymore, they don’t take us anymore” on 3-0, the hug to the coach Enzo Bearzot and the card game with Causio and Zoff on the plane from Madrid to London. In Berlin, in 2006, the then head of state lived the “magic night” Giorgio Napolitano, who also went to greet the players at the last training session and then enjoy the match in the stands and raise the cup at the party in the locker room. It went less well to Mario Monti, premier in 2012, present at the final of the Europeans of Poland-Ukraine in which the national team lost 4-0 to Spain (beaten this year instead in the semifinals).
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