The Scottish Government reaffirms intent to host UEFA Euro2020 games and claims that it is continuing to prepare to stage those matches amid reports that Glasgow is set to be dropped as a host venue. Earlier, reports claim that Hampden Park in Glasgow are at risk of being cut from the list of hosts for the pandemic-delayed Euro 2020 due to lack of capacity guarantees.
“We believe Scotland is the perfect stage for major events and we are working closely with our partners, including the Scottish FA, on preparation for the matches at Hampden this summer,” a Scottish Government spokesperson speaking about Euro 2020 hosting. Glasgow’s Hampden Park is due to host four fixtures during the tournament – three group games and a round-of-16 tie.
This statement is backed by Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who remains optimistic about hosting the games in the country. The first minister said that she remained “absolutely intent” when asked if she would be able to give UEFA the assurances it wants in relation to allowing some supporters to attend the matches. “We have always been intent on that,” she added.
“Nobody wants Scotland to lose the Euros and I don’t think we should be in the position right now of thinking that’s the case,” Sturgeon added. “There is a deadline by which all countries have to give indications to Uefa about what they think will be possible in terms of fan attendance and fan zones. All countries are grappling with this, not just Scotland.”
The Hampden Stadium, on the other hand, staged the first ever international football game: Scotland 0-0 England, 1872. Hampden was the biggest stadium in the world when it was opened, with a capacity in excess of 100,000. The Scottish FA says it will “remain in constant dialogue” with UEFA as Scotland looks forward to a first major men’s tournament for 23 years.
“It would be devastating for the nation if we lost games, particularly if the obvious destination for them is Wembley. I don’t think that’s what anybody wants to see,” Sturgeon said. “We are engaged with and in conversations with government on a very regular basis. We’ve got a meeting with the cabinet secretary next week to discuss the Euros.”
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.With less than 100 days until the delayed Euros, UEFA gave host cities until April 7 to come up with their plans, includingthe return of fans in stadiums.
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