The players of the Italian national team sidestepped police objections to an open car parade through the streets of Rome after their victory in the Euro 2020, although this was prohibited for fear of spreading the Covid-19, said the mayor of the capital.
Thousands of euphoric fans packed central Rome on Monday afternoon to welcome coach Roberto Mancini and his team after defeating England on penalties in the UEFA European Cup final at London’s Wembley Stadium.
Rome Mayor Matteo Piantedosi told Corriere della Sera newspaper that players Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci “resolutely” told police they wanted an open tourist bus after an institutional ceremony with state authorities.
“At that time, we had no choice but to acknowledge the situation and deal with it as best we could,” said Piantedosi, who is Rome’s top public security official.
Piantedosi said the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) had agreed to hold a controlled ceremony in one of the main squares in central Rome, Piazza del Popolo, but had changed its mind and reiterated its request to use the open bus.
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