Italian Prime Minister and former President of the European Central Bank (ECB) Mario Draghi does not want the final of the European Championship to be played in the British capital London.
He is worried because of the advancing delta variant of the coronavirus, he announced in the German capital Berlin.
There is great concern in the UK about the increasing number of infections with the delta variant originating from India. Last week, the British government announced that it would postpone the planned easing by four weeks until July 19.
Draghi does not want the European Championship final to be played in a country where infections are increasing rapidly. Last week, UEFA threatened to move the semi-finals and final of the European Championship from London to the Hungarian capital Budapest if the British government does not relax quarantine rules.
After all, in the United Kingdom, there is a ten-day quarantine obligation for incoming travellers, and the current corona figures do not seem to allow easing immediately.
Strikingly, the Italian Prime Minister did not mention the semi-finals and two eighth-finals, which are also played in the British capital. What’s more: in the first of those two eighth-finals, Italy and Austria will face each other on June 26 in Wembley Stadium.