Italy vs Spain: Roberto Mancini says public situation for Euro 2020 semi-final at Wembley is “unfair”


What did Mancini say?

Mancini told reporters ahead of Tuesday’s clash: “I think it’s pretty unfair if I’m perfectly honest.

“We’d better play in front of any crowd rather than play in front of a small number of people; that’s what’s great about football and entertainment in general.

“But I think it’s very unfair that we don’t have half the stadium full of Italian fans and half the stadium full of Spaniards.”

What is the situation of the fans at Wembley?

During Euro 2020, matches at Wembley Stadium were used as pilot events to test the safe return of large crowds.

Wembley’s 90,000-seat capacity was reduced to 22,500 for group matches at Euro 2020, but was later extended to 45,000 for the round of 16.

Wembley will also host the semi-finals and the final on Sunday with 60,000 fans expected for each match.

Only UK residents who have been fully vaccinated or who can show proof of a negative lateral flow test within the previous 48 hours are allowed at Wembley.

While that doesn’t rule out the Italians and Spaniards being at the game on Tuesday, they cannot fly over specifically for the game due to COVID-19 restrictions.

How did Italy perform at Euro 2020?

Italy were arguably the most impressive team at Euro 2020 and became the favorites ahead of their semi-final against Spain.

They are undefeated in 32 games, breaking a national record that had lasted since the 1930s.

Mancini’s side have also been victorious in their last 13 games, with the most recent arguably the most impressive – the 2-1 quarter-final victory over coveted Belgium in Munich on Friday.

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