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Euro 2020: UEFA opposed Three Lions project ahead of final, says Frank Skinner | UK News

Frank Skinner has said UEFA opposed plans for him and David Baddiel to play Three Lions (Football’s Coming Home) on the pitch ahead of the Euro 2020 final.

Skinner claimed tournament organizers said they performed the song at Wembley before England playing Italy on Sunday would be “too partisan and unfair to the Italians”.

The comedian pointed out that Italian opera star Andrea Bocelli performed Nessun Dorma at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome before Italy faced Turkey in the opening match of Euro 2020.

Lightening Seeds' Ian Broudie (left to right), comedians Frank Skinner and David Baddiel at a photocall announcing their new taped version of the Three Lions to coincide with the 1998 World Cup.
Three Lions (Football’s Coming Home) has become an anthem for English fans since its release in 1996

Skinner told Channel 4’s The Last Leg: “It was suggested that we sing (Three Lions) on the pitch ahead of the final on Sunday and UEFA said it was too partisan and unfair to the Italians. to have this.

“In the opening game, which was Italy against Turkey, Andrea Bocelli sang Nessun Dorma before the game.”

Baddiel, Skinner and The Lightning Seeds’ Three Lions (Football’s Coming Home) has become an anthem for English fans since its first release in 1996.

It’s one of the best-selling UK singles of all time, according to the Official Charts Company, and has had four spells at number one.

He rose the charts again this week to number four as the England squad look to win their first major trophy since the famous 1966 World Cup victory.

Explaining the intended meaning of the song, Baddiel said, “This is about the way we mostly lose but still think irrationally that this time, hope might triumph over experience.

“It’s about desire and magical thinking. It’s about being a football fan. Certainly people have taken (Football’s Coming Home) to mean all kinds of b ***** * s. “

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