Silver medal

Euro 2020, the silver medal rejected by the British. A scandal? No, an established practice in sport.

In the last season, the English club teams that finished second in European competitions have accustomed us to this unsportsmanlike practice. But the removal of the silver medal is a phenomenon that has also affected Italian players and teams.


When the England captain was asked after the match whether the silver medal was a success or a missed opportunity, the Tottenham forward replied: “Definitely a missed opportunity.” Coach Gareth Southgate, on the other hand, was among the few to hold the medal proudly around his neck. To be fair, the gesture of Kane, Shaw, Foden, Grealish, Mount, Phillips, Stones, Rashford and his companions is not an isolated case in the history of football finals. Indeed, it seems that it is an increasingly popular trend. A couple of months ago, some Manchester City players, after losing the Champions League final to Chelsea, took away the second place medal right after receiving it. Same thing for the Manchester United athletes, defeated by Villarreal on penalties in the Europa League final. Still remaining across the Channel, but speaking of an oval ball, the English rugby players, in 2019, chose not to wear the silver medal after losing the World Cup final against South Africa

Even Italian football is not exempt from this unsportsmanlike practice. Going back to 2013, in the final of the Italian Cup between Rome and Lazio won by the biancocelesti 0-1, the images of Francesco Totti and his companions are impressed with each other removing the silver medal with a funeral face. Alessandro Florenzi, who was Romanist at the time, also took away his prize. Yesterday, at Wembley, the only veteran of that derby eight years ago, he would have had no reason to do so. Two years ago, Lazio as the protagonist, the social controversy against the Juventus champion, Cristiano Ronaldo, who, defeated in the Italian supercup final, immediately removed the second place medal from his neck.

By Felice Florio

Translation by Romano Pisciotti

Immigration Bill: Landlords ‘must evict’ illegal immigrants

Landlords in England will be expected to evict tenants who lose the right to live in the UK under new measures to clamp down on illegal immigration.


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They will be able to end tenancies, sometimes without a court order, when asylum requests fail, ministers say.
Landlords will also be required to check a migrant’s status in advance of agreeing a lease. Repeat offenders could face up to five years in prison.
But critics have said it may lead to UK citizens being refused accommodation.

The proposals – to be included in the upcoming Immigration Bill – come as the British and French governments struggle to deal with a migrant crisis in Calais, where large numbers of people are making nightly bids to cross the Channel to reach the UK.
Under the proposals for landlords in England, the Home Office would issue a notice when an asylum application fails that confirms the tenant no longer has the right to rent property.


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