The Italian Prime Minister wants the Euro 2020 final to be moved from Wembley Stadium due to the increase in coronavirus infections in Britain.
Mario Draghi has said he wants the game to take place in Rome rather than London.
“Yes … I will try to prevent the final from being held in a country where infections are increasing rapidly,” he said.
“I recommend that the final does not take place in a country where the risk of infection is very high,” he said before a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Ms Merkel also expressed concern over the increase in cases of the Delta variant in Britain.
It comes as Italy reported 21 coronavirus-related deaths and 495 new cases on Monday.
The same day the UK has recorded five deaths and 10,633 new cases.
According to the Italian news agency ANSA, a source at UEFA said that “the English federation and the English authorities are working closely together successfully to organize the semi-finals and the final of Euro 2020 at Wembley and there are no plans to change the venue for these matches.
Meanwhile, UEFA is in talks with the UK government to increase attendance at Wembley stadium to 65,000 for the semi-finals and the final.
The government had already agreed to increase the current capacity of the group stage from around 22,000 to at least 40,000 for a round of 16 match and the last three matches of the Euro 2020 tournament at the 90,000-seat stadium.
According to the Associated Press, UEFA hopes to increase this further by ensuring more quarantine exemptions for visitors, including sponsors and VIPs.
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