Italy seeks UEFA sanctions over anthem whistles
The Italian football federation has sent a letter to UEFA
seeking sanctions after the country’s national anthem was again
whistled at during the European Championship.
Loud whistles emanated from Croatian fans during the anthem
before Thursday’s 1-1 draw. Spain fans also whistled – albeit in
lesser numbers – ahead of the opening Group C match with Italy,
also a 1-1 draw.
Italian delegation head Demetrio Albertini wrote to UEFA general
secretary Gianni Infantino saying that he knows anthems are often
whistled, ”but that doesn’t mean certain behavior should not be
publicly condemned, considering the sport values that UEFA has
Italy next faces Ireland.