The quarter-final match between Italy and Belgium will be held in Munich. There will be 1,500 police officers on duty. In addition, colleagues arrive from Belgium and Italy – but the arena will not shine again.
Italian weekend in July: About 1,500 police officers will be on duty in Munich for the quarter-final match between Italy and Belgium on Friday evening (9pm / t-online live ticker). There are also four colleagues from Italy and six from Belgium. This practice proved its worth at the Oktoberfest. Traditionally, on the second weekend of Oktoberfest, known as Italian Weekend, Italian police officers come to Munich to provide support.
The Italian media is talking about the “Monaco de Bavira process”, the “Munich process”. Because the place is ideal for Italians, writes “Gazzetta dello Sport”. After all, Munich is Italian and people who grew up with beer and pastries like spritz and pizza are here.
Rainbow rink? Exam in progress
For Italians, it should be a home game – not only because Munich residents like to call their city the northernmost of Italy. “This is not something familiar,” said Consul General Enrico de Agostini, according to Gazzetta dello Sport. At the end of December 2020, according to the Statistics Office in Munich, there were 28,496 Italians living in the Bavarian capital – and only 979 Belgians.
However, Munich EM Square will not sparkle with the colors of the rainbow. UEFA said in response to a request by the German news agency (dpa) that this was not planned. There is no app for that. Whether the plaza will light up and when it is still open. According to reports, the city and the German Football Association are still being scrutinized.