Europeans, mockery for the Rai commentator in isolation: “Forced to watch the final on the BBC”
The commentator of the Italian national football team for Rai had to watch the most important match of the last 15 years on the BBC. After following the ride of the team coached by Roberto Mancini towards the last match of the European football championships, played yesterday in the historic setting of the Wembley stadium, Alberto Rimedio was forced to give up the commentary of the final after testing positive for the new coronavirus during the tests carried out among the journalists who follow the national team.
“Stopping me now is very bad,” said Remedy in an interview with Corriere della Sera published before the final won yesterday by the Azzurri on penalties against England. “What could have been more beautiful than Italy-England at Wembley? Perhaps the final with Brazil at the World Cup “, added Rimedio, after recalling having made more than 200 days of trips in Italy and abroad without having problems since the end of the lockdown for the Covid-19 pandemic last year. .
“The fact that I was not inflicted corporal punishment is a great sign of maturity”, he joked, speaking of a “great bitterness” and recalling having accompanied the national team “along its path and during the 33 useful results in a row”, yesterday became 34, just one length off the absolute record held by Brazil and Spain. Remedio instead will have to remain in solitary confinement in London in his hotel. “The joke is that there is no Rai in the hotel and I will have to see it on the BBC”.
Another historical voice of Rai took over yesterday, Stefano Bizzotto, accompanied by the former footballer Katia Serra, who became the first female voice in history to comment on an Italy final, replacing Antonio Di Gennaro. To the former Verona scudetto player, Rimedio wanted to send “a big hug”: “if ‘Dige’ misses this appointment it’s my fault”, he said, saying “good luck” to Katia Serra and Stefano Bizzotto, who had been replaced in 2014 by the same Remedy as commentator of the Italian national team. “I wish him to close the commentary by shouting into the microphone ‘Italy is European champion'”, Rimedio said in the interview. And so it was.