ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s national team players have sidetracked police objections to an open-car parade through the streets of Rome after their 2020 victory, although this was banned for fear of spreading Covid-19, the mayor said. of the capital.
Thousands of euphoric fans packed central Rome on Monday afternoon to welcome coach Roberto Mancini and his team after defeating England on penalties in the UEFA European Cup final at London’s Wembley Stadium.
Rome Mayor Matteo Piantedosi told Corriere della Sera newspaper that players Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci “resolutely” told police they wanted an open tourist bus after an institutional ceremony with state authorities.
“At that time, we had no choice but to acknowledge the situation and deal with it as best we could,” said Piantedosi, who is Rome’s top public security official.
Piantedosi said the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) had agreed to hold a controlled ceremony in one of the main squares in central Rome, Piazza del Popolo, but had changed its mind and reiterated its request to use the open bus.
(By Angelo Lover)
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