UK residents’ tickets canceled for Ukraine-England game at Italy’s request

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A UEFA statement on Thursday said Italian authorities had “specifically asked UEFA to cancel tickets sold to UK residents from June 28, halting sales and transfers from 9:00 pm tonight”.

Under these measures, UK residents who bought their tickets before June 28 had an hour to transfer their tickets to Italian residents or return their tickets to UEFA.

A statement from the Italian Interior Ministry said Thursday that the blocking of ticket sales had been decided “following a proposal from the Department of Public Security”.

The Euro 2020 championship has so far triggered significant spikes in Covid-19 infections from fans returning home to countries like Scotland and Finland.

The World Health Organization warned on Thursday that Europe was at risk of another wave in August due to the easing of restrictions, the spread of an infectious variant of Covid-19 and low vaccination coverage. Hans Kluge, WHO regional director for Europe, said he hoped the league matches did not act like super-broadcast events, but that this prospect could not “be ruled out”, reported the ‘France Media Agency.
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Italian authorities had already put in place significant controls on UK-based fans attempting to enter the country for the match, imposing a five-day quarantine period from June 18 on anyone entering Italy who had stayed or traveled in the UK in the last 14 days. .

The decision to cancel fan tickets was taken in order to “ensure that UK residents do not circumvent the quarantine requirements applicable when entering Italy,” UEFA said.

The Italian Embassy in London was careful to remind fans on Thursday in a statement that “anyone who has been in the UK in the previous 14 days, regardless of nationality or residence, will not be admitted to the stadium, even if he has a ticket. “

“Only those who can prove that they arrived in Italy at least six days previously, observed five days of quarantine and passed a post-quarantine Covid-19 test with a negative result will be allowed to enter the Stadio Olimpico.”

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi had previously warned of the impact of England’s involvement in the league.

Speaking in a joint appearance with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on June 21, Draghi voiced his opposition to the Euro 2020 final being held in London “where contagions are growing rapidly”.

A separate UEFA statement on Friday said that “all remaining UEFA EURO 2020 matches will proceed according to the match schedule as planned”, adding that the final decisions regarding “entry requirements for one of the host countries and host stadiums are the responsibility of the relevant local authorities.

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