UK’s potential offer to host the entire Euro 2020 likely to be rejected

According to various reports, England is set to propose a one-nation Euro 2020 to be staged in England alone 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 vaccinations. The European Championship was was postponed for a year due to the pandemic.

Reports also states that Prime Minister, Boris Johnson is set to announce the new target for their vaccination program where all adults will be offered jabs by July 31 – a month earlier than the previous deadline. Wembley in England is set to stage seven matches at the Euros, including all three of England’s group games. The UK’s largest stadium and home to the FA, is the centrepiece of the Euro 2020 finals.

Last week, the English Football Association (FA) hopes to be able to allow in around 27,000 or 30% of Wembley’s 90,000 capacity for the tournament throughout June and July this year.Up to 10,000 socially distanced fans were reportedly be allowed in the stadium for Manchester City and Spurs’ Carabao Cup final meeting in April 25. Three weekends later, the FA Cup final is scheduled for May 15.

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.

In less than four months, the virus-delayed European Championship will commence and the European governing body has been wrestling with how to proceed with the original Euro 2020 given Europe’s slow pace of vaccination and the scenario that fans won’t be able to attend matches this summer in Europe. The host cities have been asked to come up with two to three plans out of those options.

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