Euro 2021: Mancini judge "unfair" the semi-final without supporters from Italy or Spain

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Roberto Mancini regretted this Monday that the supporters of Italy and Spain could not go to London to support their selection in the first semi-final of the Euro (this Tuesday, 9 p.m.), because of health restrictions important set up to enclose England.

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That it seems far, for Roberto Mancini, this stage of groups disputed entirely in a Stadio Olimpico of Rome acquired with the cause of the Nazionale. Qualified for the last four of the Euro since it brought down Belgium last Friday (1-2), Italy must resolve to play its long-awaited semi-final against Spain on Tuesday (9 p.m.) in front of a mostly neutral audience, to the chagrin of his coach.

Because of the health restrictions applied in England, for any fan living in Italy or Spain wishing to go to London, it would be necessary to be placed in quarantine for five to ten days upon arrival. An organization far too restrictive, which should discourage more than one despite a quota of places allocated to supporters of qualified nations.

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An English “exception”

“It’s very unfair, if I want to be perfectly honest, regretted Mancini in a pre-match video-press conference from Wembley, where 60,000 spectators will still be allowed. We prefer to play in front of the public rather than in front of a small one. number of people is the essence of football and sport, but it’s very unfair that we don’t have half the stadium filled with Italian fans and the other half with Spanish fans. “

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The Italian Federation said 6,400 tickets have been put on sale for Italian fans living in the UK and Ireland, an area not subject to restrictions, while the Spanish Federation has launched an incentive campaign for its supporters. fans in the same case, titled “We need you”.

Spaniards, Italians, and Danes in the other half against England (Wednesday, 9 p.m.), will therefore all be in the same boat. With the exception of the English, who will necessarily benefit from the situation to be massively present in London, where the entire last four is played.

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Romain Daveau Journalist RMC Sport

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