Why the derby between England and Italy will not take place at Wembley

Everything is ready for today’s match between Italy and England, which is valid for the third match of the group stage of the UEFA Nations League 2022/23.

The two national teams return face to face almost a year after the triumph of “squadra azura” in the final of EURO 2020, an event held in 2021 due to the necessary relocation with the emergency of the coronavirus.

The match is scheduled at the Wolves Stadium (“Molino”). The facility – inaugurated in 1889 – has a capacity of over 32,000 seats and will replace the classic home of England’s home games: the historic Wembley, home to the European Championship final.

But why will not England-Italy be played at Wembley this time? This is exactly related to the EURO 2020 final and the fights that took place off the field.

Following these events, UEFA decided to impose sanctions on the English Football Association, refusing to sell tickets for the first home game that England would play.

UEFA’s decision actually concerned two matches, but the penalty for the second was suspended. As a result, the FA (due to the absence of an audience) decided to rent Wembley on Capital Radio for the Summertime Ball event, diverting the England national team to “Molino”.

However, UEFA rules will allow the English Football Association to accommodate 3,000 children on the pitch for the match, who will be invited to attend the event.

The situation of the public will return to normal on Tuesday afternoon, when England will face Hungary for the fourth game of the Nations League in “Molino”, this time with the support of its fans.

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