Fans set to return for Champions League final ahead of Euro 2020

Just a month before the start of Euro 2020, reports claim that as many as 37,500 fans could be in attendance for the euro Champions League final slated on May 29 at Istanbul’s Ataturk Olympic Stadium. Bayern Munich currently holds the title the league. They are set to continue their title defense in the on-going Round of 16 fixtures, set to play against Lazio next week.

According to reports, “talks are at an advanced stage” for between 30 to 50 per cent of the 76,092-capacity arena are allotted for the fans. Some reports also states revealed the potential switch of venues following concerns that UEFA will be able to “generate sufficient revenue to make it worthwhile” for the host. Discussions between the governing body and Turkish government are still ongoing.

The stadium in Istanbul was due to host the 2020 Champions League final that was interrupted by the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic, which also led to a major change, with the remaining knockout stages and final instead being shifted to Lisbon. The Round of 16 of matches will determine the next set of teams that will through to the quarter finals.

Earlier, The Israel Football Association (IFA) confirmed they are willing to let UEFA use three of their stadiums for staging matches at this summer’s delayed Euro 2020 and the latter stages of the Champions League and Europa League. However, UEFA insist that they will follow the original plan for the European Championships, while remain open on possibilities for their showpiece leagues.

In response to Israel’s offer, UEFA reaffirm its commitment to hold the original 12-nation tournament across the European region. “UEFA is committed to holding Euro 2020 across 12 European cities, according to the schedule agreed last summer. There are no other plans being pursued,” UEFA said in a statement.  A final decision about the matter was also pushed back from March to April.

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.

In less than five months, the virus-delayed European Championship will commence and the European governing body has been wrestling with how to proceed with the original Euro 2020 given Europe’s slow pace of vaccination and the scenario that fans won’t be able to attend matches this summer in Europe. The host cities have been asked to come up with two to three plans out of those options.

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