Italian team players overrode police objections in taking an open bus tour through the streets of Rome after its Euro 2020 victory, even though this had been forbidden for fear of spreading COVID-19 infections, the capital’s prefect said.

Rome prefect Matteo Piantedosi told daily newspaper Corriere della Sera that players Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci “resolutely” told police officials they wanted an open bus tour after an institutional ceremony with state authorities.

“At that point we had no choice but to acknowledge the situation and handle it in the best possible way,” said Piantedosi, who is the top public security authority in Rome.

He said the bus and fans were already waiting for the players to appear and that refusing to use an open-top vehicle could have risked public disturbances.

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