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Italy-England, Wembley whistles the anthem of Mameli: The pleas are empty

Compared the more you learn from Euro 2020, guests of minorities in the temple of football, the Italian curve appears as a little blue speck of national pride, immersed in the Red and White Seas, and inevitably dominated by overwhelming English enthusiasm, capable of transforming Wembley – From the first minutes of the European final – in a deafening pit, it opened, among other things, with the whistles of the Italian anthem, despite the pleas of the night. The London Stadium is getting noisier, if possible, after Luke Shaw’s opening goal, which also dispels recent concerns from last night.

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Wembley sings the Italian anthem

As expected, the challenge of cheering in the stands will be clearly resolved in favor of the hosts, for whom UEFA has allocated 58 thousand tickets compared to only 6 thousand for the Italian representation. In total, there are about 66 thousand spectators for the final, 75% of the maximum capacity allowed by the London Stadium, and among them also a large group of European Union guests, about 2,500 personalities including Prince William, and political authorities, such as the President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella or the Prime Minister Briton Boris Johnson, sports executives (FIFA President Gabriel Gravina), stars such as David Beckham and Tom Cruise, sponsors and the media. However, there is no favouritism: the disproportion between Italian and British supporters is inevitable, and it is justified by the continuing restrictions on international contacts, which Downing Street also underlined for the last quarter of the European Championship, which they imposed on anyone arriving in the UK from the vast majority of countries European (including Italy), a 10-day quarantine commitment.

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A rule that entrusts only Italians residing on the island with the responsibility of cheering for the Azzurri led by Roberto Mancini, except for the nearly 1,000 fans who were organized by the International Football Association (FIGC) for a lightning 12-hour flight, exempting them from the gray sky over Wembley Arch, and it seems that Sudden downpours and very cold summer temperatures up the ante for the Three Lions: Italy swerves in defense, fueling the enthusiasm of home fans, who even before the start whistle makes their appeasing songs ring loudly, from the traditional “Sweet Caroline” to “Football” The inevitable return home. And when players, from both national teams, kneel against racism, perhaps for the first time since the tournament kicked off, the vast majority of English fans applauded Sterling and his teammates’ gesture. There are no whistles from the stands, it is reserved for the Mameli hymn, although the organization does raise the volume of the loudspeaker frequently to cover the howls. Out of tune and inappropriate, like the brawls in which, before the match, those without a ticket break through the pre-match stealth barriers to attempt to watch the live rendezvous with history, which has been waiting in the UK for more than half a century.

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