At Wembley, on Sunday, in the final of the Euro Cup, Italy will have the support of around 10,000 fans among the expected 65,000 spectators, the vast majority of English, with a box of honor in which will be Prince William and the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Against Denmark, on Wednesday, in the semifinals, the English occupied most of the stands at Wembley, among the 64,950 people who watched the match according to Uefa.
The number could be higher because, according to various sources, some people managed to bypass the checkpoints and enter the stadium. The security service will be reinforced on Sunday.
It will be the first major tournament final for the England team since winning the 1966 World Cup at home.
The Italian Federation will have 7,500 tickets, 6,500 will go to Italians residing in England and Ireland and 1,000 will go to Italian fans, who travel to London undergoing strict health control.
The UK, which has 128,000 deaths from coronaviruses, is facing an increase in cases due to the Delta variant, which is much more contagious and is now dominant in the country.
Due to this situation, the British authorities have maintained the quarantine measures imposed on traveling foreigners. However, they made an exception with 1,000 fans who will come from Rome and Milan, in specific transports and with a negative PCR test. The cost of the trip? 610 euros ($724) for the flight and 95 euros ($112) for the ticket, according to the federation.
– VIP stateroom filled with stars –
Prince William, honorary president of the English Football Association, will be present in the box. A huge fan of the sport, he was already present in the last group stage game against the Czech Republic, in the round of 16 against Germany, in the quarter-finals in Rome against Ukraine and in the semi-final against Denmark.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson will also be present, having appeared in the semi-finals wearing a jersey with the number 10 and the name ‘Boris’.
On the Italian side, will be the President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella, and the Minister of Sports, Valentina Vezzali, a former fencer with several Olympic medals.
Left-back Leonardo Spinazzola, whose participation in the tournament ended in the quarter-finals against Belgium due to an Achilles tendon rupture, will also travel.
A month after his sudden illness in Denmark’s first game, Christian Eriksen was invited along with his wife by UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin, but his presence has yet to be confirmed.
According to Danish media, six emergency team members who helped save the Dane were also invited to Wembley. One of them, Peder Ersgaard, declared that he felt like “a child on the eve of meeting Santa Claus” as the final approached.
Another beautiful story is that of Sam Astley, a 24-year-old Brit who preferred to donate his stem cells to appearing in the semi-final against Denmark, giving his tickets to friends. One of the competition sponsors invited him to the final to thank him for his “selfless donation that will save lives”.
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