The confrontation ignites on the final of Euro 2020, expected in Wembley, London, where coronavirus infections are on the rise due to the Delta variant. Yesterday, Monday 21 May, the lunge of Mario Draghi, which asked to move the final and semifinals “to another country where coronavirus cases are not on the rise”. Thus the premier responding to a journalist’s question at a press conference in Berlin. Hypothesis cleared by Boris Johnson, to which the official spokesperson for Downing Street replied, explaining that “this is a story that concerns Italy. We, on the other hand, only think about making sure that these sporting events are fantastic but at the same time be carried out safely considering the pandemic. in progress”.
But now, he takes the field alongside Draghi too English Merkel: “The European championships are also held in an area of Covid variants, and as you know all those who travel to Great Britain must go to quarantine. I hope UEFA will move in this direction with a sense of responsibility”, the Chancellor blasted. . For now, UEFA has rejected the hypothesis. But the pressure of Europe grows.
The point is that in the United Kingdom there is a 10-day quarantine, which can be reduced to 5, for arrivals from all over Europe, excluding Iceland. Yes, this is also a problem for UEFA. Both for the fans and for the 2500 delegates, VIPs, sponsor representatives and professionals who do not want to undergo self-isolation for at least 5 days. As mentioned, BoJo is doing everything to keep close to the three most important games of the competition.
To keep the matches in London, the British government would be ready for a compromise: easing anti-Covid measures for stakeholders and filling the stadium at 75%, today the capacity is stopped at 20% following the postponement of the restrictions. postponed to July 19th. And the increased capacity, which would rise to 60 thousand people, it would pose problems in terms of potential infections. So much so that even the WHO has raised doubts about the possibility. However, the provisions on the arrival of foreign fans are still in doubt. June 28 is the next deadline in which the British government could put some other countries, including Italy, Spain, Germany and Greece, on the so-called and so far very limited “green list” and thus avoid quarantine for anyone arriving from these countries.