Rome. Made the law, found the deception, it should be said. And the English fans managed to arrive in Rome for last night’s match of their national team with Ukraine, bypassing the rules and in fact without violating them. From France to the Emirates, supporters of the Three Lions and some British journalists have landed in the capital. The Sun newspaper recounted the journey of its correspondents: a London-Nice flight, then the crossing of the Italian border at dawn with a French rental car, and finally the last stretch from Florence to Rome with a sports car. red, white and blue stripes. In the middle three controls with swab tests (all negative) before arriving in front of the Colosseum. All without the self-isolation provided by our Minister of Health Speranza.
The Daily Mail instead told the story of 20-year-old Jack Francis of Southampton, already with the double dose of vaccine carried out, who also landed in Rome from France. The same British popular newspaper then reported on the 500 English fans who arrived in Rome from Dubai with round-trip tickets paid for 700 pounds. Curious about the story of 32-year-old Chris Pike, he flew to Rome from his home in Dubai with a group of five friends: «We will do everything possible to cheer England, we will make a lot of noise at the stadium». One of the five, Henry Mark, spent £ 2,000 for the entire trip, after paying £ 250 for match tickets and £ 700 for the return flight.
But not only. To circumvent the restrictions imposed to contain the spread of the coronavirus, or to avoid quarantine and the negative test to access the stadium, other fans of the Southgate national team also departed from Switzerland, Spain, Prague and Portugal. Thus avoiding quarantine, anti Covid tampons and the fine of 386 pounds for those who violate the restrictions in place. For everyone, a stop at the bar – even near the Olimpico with rivers of beer as early as five in the afternoon – and then the entrance to the stadium. But not everyone managed to do it: the state police in fact checked the position of a few dozen fans who arrived in Italy, crossing the passenger lists from Great Britain and Ukraine with those of the tickets sold. For days, 200 fans were monitored who were staying in hotels in the center and for some, who entered the country after the maximum time limit, no stadium and invalidated tickets. Two thousand in total British fans, resident in Italy or in any case not from the United Kingdom, who took their seats last night in the stands of the Olimpico, most of which were brought to the stadium by about fifty shuttles prepared by the public order service.
And for those who stayed in England sold out in pubs and beer gardens where it was possible to watch the game live. “The fans were disappointed not to be able to travel,” Malcolm Clarke, president of the Football Supporters’ Association, told the Sun.