Earlier this week, UEFA has provided the date for their decision to whether they will allow fans in the stadiums for the Euro 2020 matches next year. Earlier this year, UEFA announced that European Championship men’s soccer tournament was called off and will resume after a year due to the threat of global pandemic. The Euro 2020 will now take place from June 11 to July 11 in 2021.
“Each host city will discuss the scenarios jointly with UEFA, develop their plans accordingly in the coming weeks and a decision on which scenario will be applied individually in each city during the tournament will be taken on March 5, 2021,” UEFA stated. UEFA chief Aleksander Ceferin has earlier insisted that he’s desperate for full houses at next summer’s Finals, with vaccine expected to be rolled out next year.
Meanwhile, Alexei Sorokin, CEO of the Euro 2020 organizing committee in St. Petersburg who is present at the a meeting of the regional committee on preparations for Euro 2020 held in St. Petersburg earlier this week claim that “three scenarios” will be developed and applied in all the hosting cities, including playing the games behind closed doors.
“Three scenarios will be developed, this applies equally to all cities. An extremely undesirable scenario for us – without spectators. There is a scenario with a full scale. And there is also an intermediate option with a restriction on the number of spectators in the stands,” Sorokin said. He also claim that as of today, “no fundamental decisions by UEFA have been observed.”
Home to FC Zenit Saint Petersburg since April 2017, Saint Petersburg Stadium held seven fixtures at the 2018 World Cupand is one of the hosts for next year’s tournament. The stadium was built on the location where the former Kirov Stadium used to stand before it was demolished.Matches to be staged in this arena are: Belgium v Russia; Finland v Russia; Finland v Belgium; Quarter final: W41 v W42.
“We have a full understanding, developed over the years of jointorganization of major events,” Sorokin added. “We have no misunderstanding with the city. We are preparing for different scenarios, but we hope, of course, for a full-scale implementation. We hope that the pandemic will fade away, and vaccination will allow us to enjoy football to the fullest.“
The matches of the 2020 Euro Cup 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).