Italy tells English fans to stay at home ahead of Euro 2020 Ukraine clash

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July 2 – Italy has intensified its warning to England fans to stay away from the Euro 2020 quarter final against Ukraine in Rome on Saturday unless they can prove they have observed five days of quarantine.

In an effort to prevent the spread of the highly contagious Delta coronavirus variant that is surging through the UK, England fans have been told not to try to use any loopholes in Covid travel restrictions.

Britain reported 26,068 new cases of the new variant in the latest  daily figures compared with just 776 in Italy.

The Italian embassy in London issued a statement warning England fans disobeying the rules will not be let into the stadium even if they have a ticket.

“Fans based in the UK should not travel to Italy to attend the match on Saturday at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome,” the embassy said.”Anybody who has been in the UK in the previous 14 days, irrespective of their nationality or residency, will not be admitted to the stadium, even if they have a ticket”.

UEFA has said 16,000 fans will be let into Saturday’s game — 25% of capacity – but anyone found to have ignored general quarantine rules faces a fine of up to €3,000.

The fresh travel warning came after the English Football Association said it would not be selling any tickets via the usual channel of the England Supporters Travel Club. This means ex-pats living in Italy are the only England fans likely to be let in.

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