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Italy's parade following their Euro 2020 triumph was not authorised

Wed 14 July 2021 | 10:49

According to the Prefect of Rome Matteo Piantedosi, the victory parade of the Italy national football team was not allowed in the streets of the city.

Piantedosi has told 

Corriere della Sera

:

"We had denied permission to celebrate Italy's victory in the European Championships on the open bus, but the pacts were not respected

.

"Last Friday we convened a committee for order and security. I had agreed the line with the Minister of Interior Luciana Lamorgese and with the police chief Lamberto Giannini.

"The meeting was precisely to decide what to do and for this reason we also directly involved the FIGC, which asked to allow the athletes of the national team to take a ride around Rome on an open bus, but it was clearly explained that it was not possible. We said we could not authorize them. "

Piantedosi further explained that Italian authorities reluctantly allowed the parade to take place to avoid any public unrest.

"I understand that [Giorgio] Chiellini and [Leandro] Bonucci represented their understanding with determination to the staff on the order service; at that point it was not possible to do anything but take note of the situation and manage it in the best possible way," he said.

"It was the strong intention of the players to continue the celebrations by taking a ride on an open bus. There were thousands of people waiting for the bus ride, banning it could have created problems of public order.

"In Rome, we have always tried to apply the measures anti-Covid by stimulating the collaboration of citizens and productive categories rather than imposing draconian measures." 

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