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Italy coach Conte: We must not allow anyone to ruin the Euros

Published on: 23 March 2016

Italy coach Antonio Conte insists the Euros must go ahead, despite the Brussels terror attacks.

Conte feels football can unite Europe after the bombings.

“This is the second time in four months we find ourselves talking about horrible things when preparing for a football match," he said.

“Everything that is happening must make us all pay more attention and be more careful. The Euros and the World Cup are events with people from all over the world coming together for a festival of football.

“I really hope these events do not cause problems in something that has always brought passion, joy and fun to people. I hope we don't get accustomed to these horrible events, because that mustn't be the case.

“We certainly can't let what happened go by without mention. It's frightening, there's no denying it. When there is a sporting event we have to also concentrate on the game and try to prepare it as best we can.

“I also think it's the best way to respond to those who want to frighten us. We worked in training, but can't obviously pretend nothing is happening.

“Football is joy and we want to transmit joy to the people. We won't let anyone ruin that."


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