ROME: The Italian government is ready to allow fans back into stadiums for this years European Championship, which kicks off in Rome on June 11.
Health Minister Roberto Speranza informed the Italian soccer federation on Tuesday that fans can attend the four matches in Romes Stadio Olimpico, pending a protocol from the Technical Scientific Committee (CTS).
The willingness obtained from the Italian government is an excellent result that is good for the country, not just soccer, said FIGC President Gabriele Gravina.
Italy will play Turkey in Rome in the first match of the competition, which was postponed by one year because of the coronavirus pandemic. Italy will also play its other two matches at the Olimpico, which will also host a quarterfinal.
Fans have been banned from matches in Italy for the majority of the past year, apart from a brief period shortly after the start of the season when up to 1,000 spectators were allowed into stadiums.
Gravina added: A strong signal has been sent to us heading towards recovery and we will promptly pass it on to UEFA.
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