With the UEFA’s deadline for the assurance they need to proceed with Euro 2020 hosting, Dublin has reportedly set to be dropped as host city and the four games, including a last-16 tie, will be formally allocated to new cities on by UEFA’s Executive Committee. The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London is among the frontrunners to stage the replace the games that were scheduled for the Aviva Stadium.
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 UEFA Euro asked the host cities until April 7 to come up with plans, seeking an average of 50% attendance during the event, with 25% as the minimum.
However, only eight of the twelve original host nations have guaranteed the presence of fans to stadiums in the first deadline that the governing body has given. Four cities remain undecided on the fate of spectators for the event as surge in coronavirus infections has been reported. Rome has earlier confirmed to remain the host city, while Munich, Dublin and Bilbao were yet to give the assurance.
UEFA are reported to be most concerned about Dublin, where lockdown measures are still in full force. With an all-seated capacity of more than 50,000, the Aviva Stadium in Dublin has been home to the Republic of Ireland’s football and rugby union teams since opening in 2010. It is slated to stage three Group E matches, starting with Poland against Slovakia on June 14th, along with a last-16 tie.
These games will potentially be moved to the Spurs-owned 62,850–capacity venue in London that met all the requirements of UEFA and may allow 15,500 fans access during the tournament. EArlier, Spurs have reportedly offered their stadium to UEFA for use during the tournament. UEFA’s executive committee will assemble in Montreux to finalized plans for the delayed tournament.
Meanwhile, UEFA is also in contact with Spain’s Basque Country but has yet to receive assurances about fans attending matches in Bilbao, while local government in Munich has earlier expressed doubts instead of guarantee. In March, UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin made it clear that he did not want Euro 2020 fixtures to take place “in front of empty stands”.
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