Officials have gone a step further in preventing England fans from seeing the Euro 2020 quarter-final match against Ukraine in Rome this weekend, telling supporters who have recently arrived in Italy that they won’t be allowed in the stadium – even if they have a ticket. Sky News has the story.
A statement issued by the Italian Embassy in London on Thursday said that due to current coronavirus restrictions in the country, “anybody who has been in the U.K. in the previous 14 days, irrespective of their nationality or residency, will not be admitted to the stadium, even if they have a ticket”.
Italy is on the U.K.’s “Amber List”, and all U.K. arrivals in Italy currently have to isolate for five days.
The statement continued: “Only those who can prove that they have arrived in Italy at least six days previously, have observed five days of quarantine, and have taken a post-quarantine Covid test with a negative result will be allowed into the Stadio Olimpico.
“Being exempt from quarantine in Italy for any legal reason, will not translate into permission to enter the stadium. For example, travellers who are transiting through Italy for less than 36 hours or visiting briefly for work reasons are not required to quarantine, but they will not be permitted to enter the stadium.”
Anyone found to be not in quarantine “will be punished”, officials said.
“Fans based in the U.K. should therefore not travel to Italy to attend the match on Saturday at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome,” they added. …
The fresh travel warning comes after the FA said on Wednesday that it “will not be selling any tickets via the England Supporters Travel Club for this fixture” due to U.K. and Italian travel restrictions.
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