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PHOTOS: Football fans enjoy Euro 2020 on Standard Group Channels

FOOTBALL By Standard Sports | June 11th 2021
June 11, 2021 Italy's Ciro Immobile in action with Turkey's Caglar Soyuncu [ REUTERS]

Kenyans were on Friday night treated to Euro 2020 clash between Turkey and Italy live on Standard Media Group's KTN Home.

The exciting match which ended 3-0 in Italy's favour follows a deal allowing KTN Home to be the official free to air broadcast partner of the Euro 2020.

Standard Group Deputy Sports Editor Robin Toskin, Programs Editor Editor Hassan Jumaa and Hassan Kauleni Deputy Sports Editor interact during Euro 2020 launch at Panari Hotel, Nairobi on Friday June 12, 2021 [Boniface Okendo, Standard]

This means Kenyans will now be able to watch the European tournament free of charge at home on KTN Home, KTN News and listen live on Radio Maisha.

From left Betsafe MD Alex Kobia, Standard Media Group Broadcast Managing Director Joe Munene, Mavji Construction company Director Palash Ratna and Panari Hotel Nairobi Group financial controller Devendra Asher interact during Euro 2020 launch at Panari Hotel, Nairobi on Friday, June 12, 2021[Boniface Okendo, Standard]

A total of 24 teams qualified for Euro 2020. The tournament was initially set to be held in 2020 but due to Covid-19 pandemic, the organizers to push it to June this year.

KTN Burudani presenter Brian Tsuma (left) with other presenters during Euro 2020 launch at Panari Hotel, Nairobi on Friday June 12, 2021 [Boniface Okendo, Standard]

Euro 2020 starts with fireworks and balloons after year-long delay

The Euro 2020 football championship finally got underway after a year-long delay with a colourful fireworks show and choreography featuring balloons representing the 24 teams in Rome's sparsely populated Stadio Olimpico.

Standard media Group led by Standard Media Group Broadcast Managing Director Joe Munene (3rd L), Commercial Director Irene Kimani(2nd L) with Betsafe MD Alex Kobia(5th R), Head of Marketing Mavin Waganda(5th L), Mavji Construction company Director Palash Ratna(2nd R) and Panari Hotel Nairobi Group financial controller Devendra Asher(3rd R) Hold balls during Euro 2020 launch at Panari Hotel, Nairobi on Friday June 12, 2021[Boniface Okendo, Standard]

Only some 16,000 fans were admitted for the opening match between Italy and Turkey, around 25% of capacity, after authorities kept a firm cap on attendance at the tournament due to COVID-19 concerns.

Tenor Andrea Bocelli sang Nessun Dorma, U2 band stars Bono and The Edge performed with DJ Martin Garrix via a video link, while fireworks flared from the roof of the stadium and the pitch, leaving a trail of coloured smoke through the arena.

Standard media group staffs and guests during Euro 2020 launch at Panari Hotel, Nairobi on Friday June 12, 2021[Boniface Okendo, Standard]

Although few in number, supporters cheered their return to the stands after a year when most games were played before empty terraces to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Groups of noisy Turkish fans decked out in red and white also reached Rome, brushing aside coronavirus fears.

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