England fans defended over ‘It’s Coming Home’ song
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England are due to play Italy in Wembley, their first major competition final since winning the world cup in 1966. Italy has reported an increase in COVID-19 cases this week, ending a 15-week downward trend.
There are concerns the Delta variant, already dominant in Britain, is gaining ground in the country.
The Italian vaccination programme is lacking significantly behind the UK, having been affected by supply problems which hit all EU member states.
Euro 2020 matches have already been linked to a surge in coronavirus cases in Scotland.
Beppe Sala, mayor of Milan, defended the decision to cancel the big screen.
According to la Repubblica he said: “I talked about the big screen yesterday with the commander of the police, and with the deputy mayor Anna Scavuzzo, and out of caution we will not do it.
“We will also try to monitor possible celebrations.
“It will certainly be a more national event than a Milanese one.”
UK quarantine requirements are being dropped for Uefa officials, and 1,000 Italian fans, attending Sunday’s match.
According to The Guardian the British Government reached a deal with Uefa, meaning supporters from Italy will have to arrive, and leave, the UK on Sunday.
They will remain in a bubble for their entire visit, kept separate from the general public.
After returning to Italy the fans will be required to quarantine for five days.
Around 67,000 spectators are expected in Wembley for the final, with Covid restrictions preventing its 90,000 capacity being reached.
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An estimated 250,000 people who were born in Italy currently live in Britain.
The Italian embassy is encouraging attendance, on Thursday tweeting: “Let’s rush to @wembleystadium on Sunday night to support our #azzurri #FinalEuro2020.”
Nearly 2,000 coronavirus cases in Scotland have been linked to fans watching Euro 2020 matches, according to Public Health Scotland.
Some two-thirds of the 1,991 COVID-19 cases were linked to fans travelling to London on June 18, to watch Scotland play England.
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Scotland is experiencing a coronavirus surge, with more cases reported per capita than any other UK nation.
Thousands of Scotland fans gathered in London ahead of the June 18 match, though only 2,600 tickets were allocated.
Many congregated around Leicester Square and Hyde Park where social distancing was not widely observed.
Prince William will attend the match in his capacity as president of the Football Association (FA).
He will be joined by the Duchess of Cambridge, but it is now known whether any of their children will attend.
Prince George watched England defeat Germany 2-0 at the end of last month.
Additional reporting by Maria Ortega.
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