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Italian FA bemoan lack of Wembley Euro 2020 tickets

Fewer than 7,000 fans supporting each of Spain, Italy and Denmark will be among the 120,000 expected at Wembley this week for the two UEFA Euro 2020 semi-finals.

Organisers have allocated 6,400 tickets to each of the three countries’ authorities to make them available to fans within the common travel area of the UK and Ireland. Fans residing in the three countries themselves will not be able to attend due to COVID-19 quarantine restrictions that mean arrivals from abroad need to isolate for at least five days.

Each nation’s football association has also been given 125 tickets for their semi-finals, with this number increased to just 1,000 for Sunday’s final.

Gabriele Gravina, the Italian FA (FIGC) president, said: “The most delicate of our problems will be to take our fans there – we have an allocation of about 125 for the semi-final and 1,000 if we eventually reach the final.

“I understand that unfortunately there is a pandemic and we have to live with the British Government’s restrictions. We will try to improve things where possible, but living with these restrictions and conditions damages the best part of our sport.”

Meanwhile, the Spanish federation (RFEF) has launched a campaign to implore fans of the national team who live in England to gather at Wembley for Tuesday’s game against Italy.

“From the RFEF, it is very aware of the large number of Spaniards who reside in the UK, and especially in its capital, London, the scene of the meeting,” a statement read. “It is more important than ever that everyone who can give their encouragement and encouragement to Spain at such an important moment and in a match that decides the passage to the grand final at this European Championship.”

England fans living in the UK were unable to watch their team beat Ukraine 4-0 in Rome on Saturday due to coronavirus regulations in Italy, which involve a compulsory five-day quarantine period for anyone travelling to Italy from these shores.

The biggest sports crowds in the UK for more than a year will be present at Wembley for the Euro 2020 semi-finals and final. The stadium will be 75% full with 60,000 fans able to attend as part of the Government’s Events Research Programme (ERP).

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