FIFA PRESIDENT Gianni Infantino was spotted in the Copa America final between Argentina and Brazil – less than 24 hours before the climax of Euro 2020.
Infantino was present at the Maracana for the final of the oldest international football tournament just hours before his departure for London for the clash between England and Italy at Wembley.
A flight from Rio de Janeiro to London takes around 12 hours, which means it will reach the homeland of football with just a few hours to spare.
But the 51-year-old will be EXEMPT from hotel quarantine – despite landing in the UK from a Red List country.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has waived the quarantine rules for VIPs participating in the tournament.
However, they must leave the country within 24 hours of arrival.
Footy fans were furious at Infantino’s freedom to enter the UK without quarantine and took to Twitter to express their frustration.
One said: âGianni Infantino, the president of @FIFAcom, is at the Maracana for #CopaAmericaFINAL where cases of # COVID19 are very high and will be at Wembley later for # euro2020final.
“It’s clearly not what you know but who you know!”
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Another said: “Why can #Infantino travel from # Brazil to #London and make it to the # EURO2020 final ON THE SAME DAY, without isolating himself, #FIFA #UEFA, #BorisJohnson, #SajidJavid? “
And another said: “Infantino at the Copa America final. He will undoubtedly fly to London and beat isolation to then be at the Euro 2020 final.”
One said: âGianni Infantino in Rio for the Copa America final, then flies to London for the Euro 2020 final later today.
“I will give this potential cocktail of variations a lot of space over the next two weeks.”
Another remarked: “Not Infantino traveling from Brazil to London tonight. Chileâ¦ covid is nothing for the rich.”
England reserved their place for their first major final in 55 years with a 2-1 victory over Denmark on Thursday.
Gareth Southgate will face the Azzurri in front of 60,000 fans at Wembley.
And the leader of the Three Lions urged his troops not to be overwhelmed by the scale of the event.
He said: âI didn’t say much before the semi-final because I felt the team was totally prepared.
âI normally assess where they are during the day. We usually have a set meeting in the morning and then I’ll talk to them before I leave the hotel.
âYou’re two hours away from the game by then. You want the message to resonate, but it’s all about making players feel. We don’t need to exaggerate them.
âThere will be enough energy and excitement around the stadium because of the occasion itself.
âWe have to keep this calm that we have had throughout the month. We handled it very well.
âThe match against Scotland, we were disappointed with the way it went, but it was a big opportunity for us.
“Germany was another, then the quarter and the semi-final. The players did remarkably well and I’m sure they will do it again.”