The European Football Association decided to cancel tickets that were sold to residents of England, in order to prevent them from traveling to Rome, to attend the match between the “Three Lions” and its Ukrainian counterpart on Saturday in the European Cup quarter-final, according to the Italian authorities announced Thursday.
People residing in the United Kingdom or who have passed through it during the last 14 days must enter a five-day isolation upon arrival in Italy, as part of the measures to prevent the Corona virus. In order to avoid any breach of this procedure, a special ticket policy has been established for the quarter-final match between England and Ukraine, according to the Italian Ministry of the Interior.
According to the statement issued by the Italian Ministry of the Interior, UEFA decided, at the request of the Italian authorities, to prevent the sale of tickets and the possibility of their transfer from Thursday evening, with the cancellation of tickets sold to residents of the United Kingdom since midnight on June 28, that is, since Monday.
The number of tickets affected by these measures has not been determined. And the Undersecretary of the Italian Ministry of Health, Andrea Costa, indicated Thursday in an interview with Radio Capital that anyone arriving from the United Kingdom must be subject to a five-day quarantine, and this matter will not allow the fans who left in recent days to watch the match.
He said: We will be vigilant about quarantine, we are not talking about a large number, and therefore the monitoring process will not be difficult.
The Italian Embassy in London issued a statement, confirming that fans arriving in Rome from the United Kingdom will not be able to enter the stadium, even if tickets are in their possession, if they cannot prove that they have arrived in Italy at least six days before the match, and that they are subject to To self-isolate for five days, according to the Italian news agency “ANSA”.
The Italian Ministry of the Interior announced on Wednesday the tightening of controls at airports, which have direct flights from the United Kingdom, and at train stations and motorways.