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sport news Italian Prime Minister claims Euro 2020 final should be MOVED to Rome from ...
sport news Italian Prime Minister claims Euro 2020 final should be MOVED to Rome from ...
Italian Prime Minister claims Euro 2020 final should be MOVED to Rome from Wembley and that the showpiece event should not be played where 'the virus is spreading quickly' as Covid Delta variant takes hold in the UK

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Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi has called for the Euro 2020 final to be moved from Wembley to Rome, citing the concerning number of increased Covid cases in the United Kingdom.

As well as England's group matches at the tournament, Wembley Stadium in London is due to hold the final of the European Championship on July 11 but positive tests for the virus have been on the increase standing at 10,633 on Monday, with five deaths recorded in the last 28 days following a positive test.

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The total number of new cases over the past week is now 31.4 per cent up on the total for the previous week, while deaths are up 12.1 per cent week on week. 

When asked during a news conference in Berlin whether the final should be moved to the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, which has also been hosting games, Draghi insisted he would try and move the location away from Wembley.

He said: 'Yes … I will try to stop the final being held in a country where infections are rising quickly.' 

Italy Prime Minister Mario Draghi (left) claimed during his news conference in Berlin that he was looking to get the Euro 2020 final relocated to Rome from Wembley

Italy Prime Minister Mario Draghi (left) claimed during his news conference in Berlin that he was looking to get the Euro 2020 final relocated to Rome from Wembley

However Italian football's governing body chief Gabriele Gravina denied claims the country were seeking to have the final moved, with Budapest also being pencilled in a possible alternative.

Gravina said: 'There aren't the right conditions to organise such an event in Rome or Budapest. The fact that 60,000 fans can follow the game in the Budapest stadium wearing no face masks attracts attention and fears.

'I want to highlight the sense of responsibility shown by our country regarding the fans' health.'

Wembley will also host both semi-finals of the tournament and UEFA had been weighing up moves

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