Italy-Switzerland to Be Granted Exception, Mancini Loses Starter

The Azzurri will be able to count on a packed Stadio Olimpico for the deciding World Cup qualifier against Switzerland. The Italy match will receive an exception and have 100 percent capacity rather than 75 like Serie A games.

Sports undersecretary Valentina Vezzali wishes to go back to normalcy in all cases: “I have put forward a request to the technical-scientifical committee to have full attendance in every arena. Considering the epidemiological situation, we can open up even more. In the transitional phase, Italy-Switzerland will get special treatment.” Italian FA president Gabriel Gravina confirmed: “We are at a good point on that. I am sure we will have a nice stadium.”

Despite attendance being increased from 50 to 75 percent, arenas have rarely been sold out in league matches so far. Only the recent Inter-Juventus and Roma-Napoli have had full houses. That will be the case also for the clash between the Giallorossi and Milan. Instead, the numbers have not grown much in less glitzy tilts.

The Azzurri will face Switzerland on November 12th. The two national teams are currently tied atop of Group C. Italy need a win to control their own destiny. Roberto Mancini will not have Marco Verratti at his disposal. PSG announced recently that the midfielder suffered a hip muscular injury and would miss a month. He will stay on the mend until the end of November. Matteo Pessina might be out as well due to a severe thigh strain. He sat out the last four Atalanta matches.