European football’s governing body is unlikely to accept offers from the UK to host the entire Euro 2020 tournament later this summer, according to the PA news agency.
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has reportedly “signaled” to UEFA that crowds should return to UK stadiums before the rest of Europe. This is due to the country’s excellent progress in coronavirus vaccination.
Wembley Stadium is set to host the Euro 2020 semi-finals and final in July. And the government is now ready to take on more games, according to the Times.
They are currently scheduled to be played in 12 different European cities. UEFA told the PA it had nothing to add to a January statement.
It was then that he reaffirmed his commitment to host the tournament in the 12 designated cities. And the board said last week that it would not pursue a similar offer from Israel.
They have offered to help organize matches for Euro 2020 and other European club competitions.
Responding to Israel’s offer, UEFA said: “The Israeli federation has offered its facilities if UEFA needed them this year.
“However, UEFA fully intends that all of its events (including club finals and EURO) take place in the venues provided and are working hard with partners and stakeholders to achieve this. “
The Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sports and the Football Federation declined to comment when approached by the TBEN. Health Secretary Matt Hancock was not aware of any offers to host the tournament.
He said on Sky News: “I haven’t seen anything about it, I understand it’s not fair.”
Waiting game for fans
Euro 2020, initially scheduled for last summer, was postponed to March due to the coronavirus pandemic.
It was postponed from June 11 to July 11 of this year. UEFA confirmed in January that despite concerns about the coronavirus, the tournament setup will remain the same.
The cities are London, Glasgow, Dublin, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Saint Petersburg, Bilbao, Munich, Budapest, Baku, Rome and Bucharest. The competition is scheduled to begin in Rome on June 11 and the final at Wembley on July 11.
Despite the positive news on Covid-19 case in Europe, fans are unlikely to be able to attend. The best they can hope for are limited viewers, although there are still issues hosting these fans.
The infection rate will drop dramatically over the summer after a successful vaccination program. But no government wants to see a return to the shocking winter situation and caution will be the order of the day.
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