Conte discusses Italy’s chances at Euros and his own future

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Conte discusses Italy’s chances at Euros and his own future

The recently departed Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte has weighed up Italy’s chances of winning Euro 2020 as well as discussing his future in the game.

The ex- boss fancies his nation at the tournament after their positive start, saying that they won their group ‘brilliantly.’

Italy topped Group A by defeating Switzerland, Turkey and , without conceding a goal in the process.



Speaking to Radio Rai in Italy, Conte said: “My assessment on Italy is certainly a positive one.

“They had to win their group and they did it brilliantly. They are all rowing in the same direction, the group is tight and hungry. So this generally bodes well.

“I think that the other top national teams all confirmed their value. I like France and Germany. They have experience and strong players. Belgium is an excellent side as well. They would be very dangerous if Kevin De Bruyne and Axel Witsel fully returned to form.”

Conte believes that the Azzurri can win it all: “They have the right consistency and are candidates to go on a deep run. They exude confidence, and the balance between the two phases is noticeable.

“Of course, we need to wait for tougher matches, but we can think very positively. What they are doing must not be underestimated.

“I do not see any outsider coming out on top. One of the expected teams will prevail, hopefully Italy.

“They might face Belgium, which have constantly been higher than them in the ranking despite not winning anything in recent years. They are one of the contenders, but they will have to prove to have made the leap.”

On the comparison of his squad when he was Italy manager, the 51-year-old said: “We were very compact too, the starters and the bench players were all on the same page like today.”

Conte spoke briefly on his own future in management, saying: “I will try to study and learn throughout the next year. I will exploit this that I did not want to the best of my capabilities. It is fine though, I will use it to watch football and spend time with my family.”

The Italian was in talks with following his departure from the Serie A champions, .

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Welch becomes first female referee to join EFL group of officials

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Welch becomes first female referee to join EFL group of officials

Rebecca Welch has become the first female referee to be included in the English Football League’s National Group List of officials.

Welch became the first woman to officiate an EFL match in April when she took charge of Harrogate’s 2-0 Sky Bet League Two defeat at home to Port Vale.

Welch’s promotion to the National Group list, alongside fellow referees Simon Mather, Andrew Kitchen and Tom Reeves, has been confirmed by the EFL.



The EFL said: “Ahead of the start of the 2021/22 season, the Select Group 2 (SG2) and National Group Referees List has been confirmed to officiate across the Sky Bet EFL.

“Tom Bramall and John Busby will be joining the Select Group 2 pool of referees for the upcoming campaign, whilst Simon Mather, Rebecca Welch, Andrew Kitchen and Tom Reeves have earned promotion to the National Group list.”

The EFL added: “Rebecca Welch’s promotion makes her the first female referee appointee to the National Group list for the men’s professional game.”

Welch, from Washington, Tyne and Wear, made history at the age of 37 last season when she became the first woman to officiate an EFL match.

In an impressive debut at Harrogate’s EnviroVent Stadium, her day went without major controversy, barring a contentious handball decision as she waved away Harrogate’s appeals for a first-half penalty.

Harrogate manager Simon Weaver said after the match he was impressed by Welch’s performance.

“I think she was very good indeed,” Weaver said. “Important calls were made throughout and they were the right calls.

“Hopefully it’s just par for the course that we see female referees and officials in the EFL. It’s about time.”

Port Vale boss Darrel Clarke agreed with his opposite number’s assessment, adding: “I thought she was focused and didn’t get much wrong.

“I was moaning about one or two decisions, but generally it was quite consistent.

“We need to see more women referees and lineswomen moving forward. They should be judged like anyone else and she’s had a good start.”

Amy Fearn was the first woman to referee an EFL game when she came on as an injury replacement in the 2010 Championship game between Coventry and Nottingham Forest. But Welch was the first to be given a game from the off.

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