European Union chief executive Ursula von der Leyen is rooting for Italy to beat England on Sunday in the Euro 2020 final, a European Commission spokesperson said on Friday. The spokesperson said: “Her heart is with the Squadra Azzurra, so she will be supporting Italy on Sunday.” But Mr Farage has mocked the EU chief and claimed it’s more animosity linked to Brexit.
In a furious rant on GB News, Mr Farage said: “I didn’t want to bring Brexit into it believe me but it can’t be helped because Ursula von der Leyen and other European commissioners are making it absolutely clear they want Italy to win.
“They’re telling us that the whole of Europe wants Italy to win.
“They can’t bear the thought of Brexit Britain succeeding.
“They didn’t even like the fact that the Swiss has as good a run as they did.”
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Guest Paul Embery added: “I think it’s a little bit unnecessary.
“I’m always concerned when politics comes inadvertently into sport.
“I’m not saying there’s never a place for politics in sport but where politicians pick particular winners for political reason, I think that’s a bit unnecessary.
“But I suspect not a single England player is going to be bothered by what Ursula von der Leyen is saying.”
In her written message, the Queen recalled presenting the Jules Rimet trophy to Bobby Moore almost six decades ago.
She said: “Fifty-five years ago I was fortunate to present the World Cup to Bobby Moore and saw what it meant to the players, management and support staff to reach and win the final of a major international football tournament.
“I want to send my congratulations and that of my family to you all on reaching the final of the European Championships, and send my good wishes for tomorrow with the hope that history will record not only your success but also the spirit, commitment and pride with which you have conducted yourselves.”
In a video message to be posted later on Sunday, Football Association president William said: “I can’t really believe this is happening. So exciting and I just wish you the very best of luck.
“You bring out the very best of England and we are all behind you. The whole country is behind you. So, bring it home.”
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