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ROME – Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi has made a bold – if unlikely – attempt to take England to the Euro 2020 final.
Wembley Stadium is set to host the final and semi-finals of the European Football Championship in July, but there are concerns over whether these games should take place in London due to a surge in infections in the UK related to the aggressive Delta coronavirus variant.
Asked at a press conference in Berlin if he was in favor of moving the final to Rome, Draghi said: “Yes … I will work to ensure that this happens in a country where new infections with the coronavirus are not increasing.”
Draghi, an AS Roma supporter, made a point during a press conference with Angela Merkel in which both claimed football was the only thing that divided them.
Rising numbers of coronavirus cases meant that Boris Johnson would be the one for the 21.
At the time, UEFA did not rule out moving the final to another country because it had an emergency plan.
Other European capitals as well as Rome have tried to capitalize on Britain’s problems. As an alternative venue for the final, Munich has set itself on the path, Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder said the city is ready: “We would be happy to have another game at any time.”
Hungary was also discussed as an alternative venue.
The UK had more than 10,000 new coronavirus cases on Monday while Italy only had 495.
UEFA said there were no plans to move the game to Rome: “UEFA, the English Football Association and the English authorities are working closely to host the Euro 2020 semi-finals and final at Wembley and there are no plans to change the venue for these games. “