Tuesday April 20 2021
Mancini: 'I hope a solution can be found to protect football'

Italy CT Roberto Mancini was happy to learn that Rome can host Euro 2020 and hopes ‘a solution can be found to protect the future of football at all levels’ after the Super League announcement.

The Azzurri CT spoke to La Gazzetta dello Sport about the upcoming European Championship, when Italy will be one of the hosts of the competition.

The government allowed at least 25 per cent capacity for the games in Rome, a necessary step to ensure the UEFA didn’t remove the four matches from Rome and Italy, including the opening ceremony on June 11.

“I would have been sorry if Rome had not been able to host the inauguration of the European Championship,” Mancini told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“I hope that such an important and popular event can be a rebirth not only for football, but for all of Italy.”

Mancini also spoke about Juventus coach Andrea Pirlo and claimed the former Italy international ‘didn’t make a mistake’ by starting at the top level.

“In my opinion, Pirlo didn’t make a mistake starting with Juve,” he said. “If the Bianconeri call you, you can’t say no.

“He struggled for lack of experience, but it was right to accept the challenge. Andrea knows football.”

After the announcement of the breakaway Super League - including Juventus, Milan and Inter from Serie A – Mancini follows the situation closely.

The UEFA has already threatened to ban players who participate in the competition from playing for the national teams.

“I’m following what happens,” Mancini said. “I hope that a solution can be found to protect the future of football at all levels.”