'Brexit or no Brexit, they're all the same' - Italian papers celebrate Euros victory
Italy revels in its victory
Tensions between nations are always high during international tournaments, but this year has seen significantly more animosity than usual. But that, in part, is down to the behaviour and attitudes produced not from foreign countries but from within our very own borders. But now, with defeat still fresh in our minds, Italian news outlets are perhaps enjoying rubbing it in a little too much.
The Independent collated headlines from across a wide array of Italian newspapers, most of which are revelling in the fact they smashed us last night. “Football came home! To ours, though," said Corriere dello Sport. Admittedly, for a country that has bellowed "it's coming home" for weeks, it is a little embarrassing when it has still yet to come home.
What do we remember about the wonderful Olympics in London? We remember a friendly, joyous celebration of sports, of athletes, of fans, a cordial welcome to the world that came together in England. That is how international sports should be. How we should be.
— TheBossRoss 🇪🇺 🧶 ❄ 📷 💉💉💉 (@BettinaSRoss1) July 12, 2021
“Justice has been done against these unpleasant English who booed our sacred national anthem,” Il Messaggero said, continuing to refer to English fans as “hooligans who, brexit or no brexit, are all the same.”
“The night before they sacked London in all conceivable ways, with smoke bombs, wild choirs, beer that overflowed from their bottles and their stomachs and ended on the pavement amid broken glass and the stench of alcohol – and, what’s more, trampled our flag throughout the city.
Though these headlines would evoke an idea that Italy ran riot with victory last night, celebrations were relatively subdued compared to English standards. For England, a minority of fans destroy things when they win, and just to be interesting, they do the same if they lose.
“Better to beat them like this, on penalties, under their lovely drizzle.” Il Messaggero
— JLC🍀🏒💙🇮🇪🇮🇲🇬🇧 (@Jules24_05) July 12, 2021
Though many England fans are compassionate individuals who behave like adults, there is still a huge number who seem to forget their age. There is a reason English football fans are widely considered as some of the worst behaved fans in the world.