“My Hope Is to See the Public’ – Italian National Team Manager Roberto Mancini on Having a Crowd for Italy’s Opening Euro 2020 Fixture

Italy’s opening match at UEFA Euro 2020 will occur at the Stadio Olimpico, the home for Lazio and AS Roma. Over the last year, Italian football has been played without fans due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

However, that could change beginning in June when the European championship comes around. The tournament will begin in early June. Both Europe’s governing body president Aleksander Čeferin and Italian Football Federation president Gabriele Gravina expect a crowd for that opening fixture. 

When it comes to the crowd’s size, it’s yet to be determined how many fans will flock inside the Stadio Olimpico. Nonetheless, Italy national team manager Roberto Mancini echoed the sentiments shared by Čeferin and Gravina. 

During an interview on Rai Sport (via La Lazio Siamo Noi), Mancini stated that he hopes to see a crowd for the Italian side’s inaugural match. 

I hope that June 12 will be a restart date for all of football, with the public, since it is the inaugural match of the European Championship.

After a long time, Italy is very tired and needs to return to normal. My hope is to see the public at the Stadio Olimpico.

Over the next few months, the Italian Football Federation will likely work with health officials in the city to determine the number of fans that can enter the Stadio Olimpico for Italy’s fixture. 

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