Ahead of Europe’s biggest football event, eight of the twelve original host nations have already guaranteed the presence of fans to stadiums for the Euro league final. However, four nations remain undecided on the fate of spectators for the event as a surge in coronavirus infections has been reported. The UEFA have these remaining host cities until April 19 to come up with further details of their plans.
“The remaining four cities have until 19 April to provide additional information on their plans and final decisions will be made on that date regarding the staging of matches in those four venues,” UEFA said in a statement. Baku, Budapest and St. Petersburg have already said that UEFA euro ticket holders flying in will only need proof of negative COVID-19 tests to be exempt from any quarantine
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, which was forced to be postponed last year due to the pandemic, will take place from June 11 to July 11 in 2021.
Earlier, UEFA asked the host nations until April 7 to come up with plans for the event, seeking an average of 50% attendance during the pan-European event, with 25% as the minimum requirement. Munich, Rome – where the opening game is scheduled to take place on June 11 – Bilbao and Dublin were unable to give European football’s governing body the assurance of fans for the event.
“Currently, eight host countries have confirmed stadium capacities based on their projections of an improved health situation in their countries in June and July due to a number of factors, including a country’s vaccination rollout, its planned measures for reopening the economy and the projected slow-down in the virus due to warmer season,” UEFA added in the statement.
UEFA are reported to be most concerned about Dublin, where lockdown measures are still in full force, while Rome and Munich appear the least at risk of losing games. Meanwhile, the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) said it would be “impossible” to admit fans to games at Bilbao’s San Mames stadium based on the Covid-19 restrictions imposed by the Basque region.
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