Swiss FA chief suggests one-nation host for Euro 2020

Swiss Football Association has suggested that the rescheduledEuropean Championship could be staged in a single country or city instead of the multi-city format. The 2020 edition, brainchild of former UEFA president Michel Platini, was planned to be the first staged across the continent. However, the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic caused a year delay and concerns over health and travel restrictions.

“One option could be to host the Euro in one country, in Russia or Germany,” Swiss FA President Dominique Blanc said in an interview with Swiss newspaper. “A second option would be to pick a metropolis with enough stadiums to stage the six groups – London for example.” In 2014, UEFA have allocated fixtures in 13 cities across Europe, with the semis and final to be held at Wembley 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.UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin earlier confirmed that there will be no changes in the venue. “For now, the plan is to play in all 12 countries,” Ceferin said.

Ceferin also revealed that there will be “backup options” in case a host country faced a problem. “We are ready to organisecompetitions in 11, 10 or nine cities… and even only in one country, if necessary. However, I am 99.9 per cent sure that we will have the European Championship in all 12 cities, as planned,” he said. Ceferin has earlier insisted that he’s desperate for full houses at next summer’s Finals.

UEFA has earlier said it is planning for different scenarios in all of Euro 2020’s host cities. In statement the football body said: “UEFA together with the 12 host cities is currently working on four operational scenarios for UEFA EURO 2020 (full stadium; 50-100% capacity with various mitigation measures; 20-30% capacity with various mitigation measures; and behind closed doors).”

The host cities have been asked to come up with two to three plans out of those options and it is possible different approaches will be taken in each venue. “A decision on which scenario will be applied individually in each city during the tournament will be made on 5 March, 2021,” UEFA said in a statement. The rescheduled Euro 2020 will take place from June 11 to July 11 in 2021.

“In the event of the postponement of the match before kick-off for a reason of Force Majeure, the ticket will be valid for therearranged playing of the match. The applicant will not be entitled to a refund of the tickets if they are unable to attend the rearranged playing of the match,” the UEFA ticket refund policy states. New policy will be released for canceled, behind closed doors, or moved fixtures.