Despite the pronounce of UK Prime Minister that he offered to host the entire Euro 2020, the Football Association (FA) revealed that the federation has no plans of hosting additional games in Wembley. The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) is yet to confirm the proposal but they earlier reiterated that they remain intent on hosting the tournament in the 12 cities across Europe.
Earlier, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has confirmed that UK offered hosting the entire euro league final in Britain this summer. This pronouncement echoed earlier reports about the proposal that the UK made after culture secretary Oliver Dowden has reportedly “signalled” to UEFA that crowds are expected back in UK stadiums before the rest of Europe, due to substantial progress on coronavirus jabs.
In a statement, the FA said: “UEFA is committed to holding UEFA EURO 2020 across 12 European cities, according to the schedule agreed last summer. There are no other plans being pursued. The FA’s focus remains on delivering the seven games at Wembley inclusive of both semi-finals and the showpiece final and welcome all efforts being made by government to ensure as many fans can attend.”
Wembley in England is set to stage seven matches at the Euros, including all three of England’s group games. The UK’s largeststadium and home to the FA, is the centrepiece of the Euro 2020 finals.Last month, the English Football Association (FA) hopes to be able to allow in around 27,000 or 30% of Wembley’s90,000 capacity for the tournament throughout June and July this year.
Each host city has until April 5 to confirm the number of fans allowed in each stadium, before a final decision is made by the UEFA executive committee. Earlier, UEFA president AleksanderCeferin is hoping vaccination programmes will be the key to sticking to the original plan. He also confirmed that the pandemic-postponed tournament will go ahead with limited fans in the stadiums.
Meanwhile, a joint-statement released by the FA and the football associations of Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland read: “The football associations and Government partners of the UK and Ireland are delighted that the UK Government has committed to support a prospective five-association bid for the 2030 FIFA World Cup.”
Initially, Munich, Rome, St Petersburg and Baku will host quarter-finals as well as group-stage clashes, while Copenhagen, Bucharest, Amsterdam, Dublin, Bilbao, Glasgow and Budapest are the other venues, staging group-stage and last-16 encounters.The most glorious 24-team tournament will now take place from June 11 to July 11 in 2021.
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