Prime Minister Boris Johnson has confirmed that UK offered hosting the entire UEFA Euro 2020 tournament in Britain this summer. This pronouncement echoed earlier reports about the proposal that the UK made after culture secretary Oliver Dowden has reportedly “signalled” to UEFA that crowds are expected back in UK stadiums before the rest of Europe, due to substantial progress on coronavirus jabs.
“Any other matches they want hosted, we are certainly on for that,” Johnson said in an exclusive interview of a news portal. “We are very, very keen to bring football home in 2030. I do think it’s the right place.” The proposal for Euro 2020 hosting in England comes after Health Secretary Matt Hancock urged Britons not to break coronavirus rules and ‘blow’ progress.
“We are hosting the Euros. We are hosting the semis and the final,” Johnson added. “If there’s, you know, if they want any other matches that they want hosted, we’re certainly on for that but at the moment that’s where we are with UEFA. We want to see a bonanza of football in the years ahead.” Johnson alsorevealed plans on making a joint UK bid for the 2030 World Cup.
A joint-statement released by the FA and the football associations of Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland read: “The football associations and Government partners of the UK and Ireland are delighted that the UK Government has committed to support a prospective five-association bid for the 2030 FIFA World Cup.”
Wembley in England is set to stage seven matches at the Euros, including all three of England’s group games. The UK’s largeststadium and home to the FA, is the centrepiece of the Euro 2020 finals.Last month, the English Football Association (FA) hopes to be able to allow in around 27,000 or 30% of Wembley’s90,000 capacity for the tournament throughout June and July this year.
Earlier, the Israel Football Association (IFA) confirmed they are willing to let UEFA use three of their stadiums for staging matches at this summer’s delayed Euro 2020 and the latter stages of the Champions League and Europa League. However, Israel has only two stadiums that would meet some of UEFA’s capacity requirements to host major matches.
In response to Israel’s offer, UEFA reaffirm its commitment to hold the original 12-nation tournament across the European region. “UEFA is committed to holding Euro 2020 across 12 European cities, according to the schedule agreed last summer. There are no other plans being pursued,” UEFA said in a statement. A final decision about the matter was also pushed back from March to April.
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 most glorious 24-team tournament will now take place from June 11 to July 11 in 2021.
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