The head of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) COVID-19 committee has insisted the Euro 2020 “will happen” this year, saying there is no question of June’s tournament being cancelled or postponed and that fans could yet be allowed to travel internationally to the games. Euro league final is scheduled to commence on June 11, with the final at Wembley on July 11.
“There is no way the Euros will not happen, they will happen,” Dr. Daniel Koch, UEFA’s medical advisor on Euro 2020, told a news outlet in an interview. “There is no worst-case scenario,there are realistic scenarios and best-case scenarios.” It is learnt that most UEFA euro tickets have been sold out and only few ticket holders requested for full refund.
Koch, the former head of communicable diseases at Switzerland’s Federal Office of Public Health, echoed commitment of UEFA to hold the tournament according to the schedule agreed last summer. He also hopes a scaled up number of fans given the improving situation in the region and refused to rule out the possible of international fans attending matches in different countries.
“I think there will be a lot of flexibility at least up until the end of April, a decision must be made at the beginning of April but then there is a lot of flexibility to say, now we can scale-up because the situation improved much more than expected,” Koch said. “We will see what the situation is and what is the requirement from the different countries.”
Asked about the likely percentage of stadium capacity that could be allowed in venues, Dr Koch said: “I think it is much more than we imagine. In the autumn, some countries were at 30 per cent (in grounds), I think it is possible more than 30 per cent. “It is very, very difficult to forecast. It is not only forecasting the epidemic, it is forecasting the politics.
The 65-year-old will guide the 12 host countries on maximisingfan attendance while minimising health risks. UEFA is set to make a decision in early April on the fate of fans going inside the venues for the tournament. Earlier, the European football governing body has asked the 12 host nations to provide their plans for stadium entry and other issues.
In less than four months, the virus-delayed European Championship will commence, with the European governing body committed to hold the Games in the wake of the pandemic. The matches of the Euro 2020 were initially scheduled to be held at stadiums in 12 different cities across Europe. The host cities have been asked to come up with two to three plans out of those options.
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