UEFA denies changing of plans for the postponed Euro 2020

Earlier this week, it was rumored the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) are looking to set the postponed European Championship solely in Russia instead of the original multi-city format. Shortly after the news broke, the governing body denies its possibility and insists it has no plans to hold the rescheduled Euro 2020 tournament in one country next summer.

“UEFA intends to hold Euro 2020 in the format and the venues confirmed earlier this year and we are working closely with all host cities on preparations,” the governing body said in a statement just a day after a French newspaper reported that a back-up plan of moving the competition solely to Russia due to continued concerns on the rate of Covid-19 infection and mass travel restrictions is being considered.

“Given the uncertainties surrounding Covid – over which neither UEFA nor the local organizing bodies have control – it is currently too early to say whether those games in June and July will have restrictions either on fans or even their staging,” the statement added. “UEFA’s efforts are currently focused on planning for a tournament in all 12 venues with fans.

The matches of the Euro 2020 were initially scheduled to be held at stadiums in 12 different cities across Europe, namely in London (England), Munich (Germany), Rome (Italy), Baku (Azerbaijan), St. Petersburg (Russia), Bucharest (Romania), Amsterdam (The Netherlands), Dublin (Ireland), Bilbao (Spain), Budapest (Hungary), Glasgow (Scotland) and Copenhagen (Denmark). The final is due to be played on July 11.

UEFA also confirmed that “Decisions that run counter to that plan could be made much nearer the time if necessary but there are presently no plans to change any venue.” UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said last month the organization is exploring several scenarios for holding the Euro 2020 finals in 2021.Wembley was chosen as the semi-final and final venue of the tournament in 2014.

Last month, the UK government admits that the Euro 2020 matches in Wembley are in jeopardy if the health crisis remains a major concern next year. The UK Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Oliver Dowden hopes that the games will go ahead as planned. However, he also hints the possibility of changing plans if things will not get better by the time of the tournament.

Meanwhile, four nations are yet to qualify for Euro 2020 and will be named after the play-offs final conclude on Nov. 12. The winner will join the first 20 teams who booked their place in the tournament during the group stage last year. Euro 2020, originally scheduled for June 12-July 12, was pushed back 12 months because of the Covid-19 pandemic and is now due to beheld from June 11-July 11 next year.