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EURO 2020: UEFA plan for tournament to still be held across continent

 

The governing body of European football, UEFA, are going forward with plans to hold the rescheduled Euro 2020 across the continent.

Despite Covid-19 restrictions in several countries preventing international travel, UEFA are proceeding with their initial plan.

Wembley is set to host seven games as part of the schedule - all three of England's group games as well as the semi-finals and final.

However, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said the country would be ready to host more games if needed.

Although the English football association (FA) are not making any plans for that event to happen.

 

Euro 2020 postponed

 

Obviously, last summer's European Championships were postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

UEFA have said that the tournament will take place in 2021, beginning on 11th June.

They do admit to having contingency plans in case certain cities cannot host fixtures.

Both Glasgow and Dublin are in danger of losing their games due to the coronavirus restrictions in their countries.

 

Fans at matches

 

With fans unable to attend Euro 2020 matches last summer, it was hoped that delaying the tournament by a year would allow fans to return.

It looks highly unlikely that any game will be attended by full capacity crowds.

England's lockdown measures are due to end on 21st June at the earliest, meaning England's game with Czech Republic could have 90,000 in attendance.

If case numbers rise though, that measure will be scrapped and lockdown will be extended.

 

Wise decision for Euro 2020 to travel the continent?

 

UEFA have faced criticism for going ahead with their plan due to the potential of spreading the virus across Europe.

New variants could be easily spread by travelling players moving from country to country.

There's no word if squads would need to quarantine in bio-bubbles similar to how cricket is currently requiring teams to do.

As it stands, UEFA Euro 2020 will run from June to July this summer across the continent.

England is ready and waiting to host the entire tournament if necessary.

UEFA will make a final decision in early April on which venues can still host games and their options for capacity at grounds.


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