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First Minister and FAW Urge Red Wall To Support Wales From Home


First Minister Mark Drakeford and the President of the FAW have both urged supporters of the Welsh men’s football team to stay in Wales to support the team through their Euro 2020 campaign.

The Cymru side are currently preparing for their first friendly match against France in Nice on the 2nd June ahead of the delayed Euro 2020 tournament. They will subsequently be playing Switzerland and Turkey in Azerbaijan’s Baku and Italy, in Rome, through the group stages with fans hoping they can emulate the heroics of the Euro 2016 campaign, in which the team went all the way to the Semi-Finals, unfortunately losing to Portugal, the eventual winners, 2-0.

France, Azerbaijan and Italy are all on the amber list of countries for international travel to and from the UK and the UK Government’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office is advising against all travel to amber and red-list countries to reduce the risk of new Covid variants from entering the UK.

First Minister Mark Drakeford said:

“June will be an exciting month for our national men’s football team and for our brilliant supporters. We all want to see Wales repeat the success of 2016 – competing in Euro 2020 is a superb achievement and we will all want to follow the team’s progress.

“Everyone has shown great team spirit during the pandemic, looking out for each other to keep Wales safe. Unfortunately, the pandemic isn’t over yet and this means we still need to make some changes to our lives to stay safe.

“For football fans, the best way to show your support for Wales is to stay in Wales and support the team from home.

“It’s our very clear advice that you shouldn’t travel – France, Azerbaijan and Italy are on the amber list because the virus is in circulation there.”

FAW President Kieran O’Connor said:

“This is a tournament we have worked hard to qualify for and that we know all our supporters have been looking forward to.

“We are all thrilled this tournament is finally set to take place, it’s also clear that playing in different locations during a global pandemic brings with it certain challenges and responsibilities.

“We are therefore asking again for the Red Wall’s co-operation in not travelling to Baku, Rome or Nice this June, ensuring our fans and our communities stay as safe as possible as we all play our part in navigating ourselves through this pandemic.”

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