UK ready to host the entire European Championship | Europe Modernization | DW

The British government said on Sunday (02.21.2021) that the British government will be ready to host all the matches of the European Football Championship 2020 to facilitate their organization in the period of the pandemic, when fans can return to the stadiums in May.

According to him Sunday timesMinister of State for Culture, Media and Sports, Oliver Dowden, explained to UEFA that British stadiums could receive fans before the rest of Europe, thanks to the progress in the vaccination campaign.

The Sunday newspaper added that organizing European Cup matches, including the entire tournament in the UK, would limit the financial losses associated with box office revenues. Currently, Wembley is set to host seven matches of the European Championship 2020, including group stage matches, semi-final and final in England, while Glasgow will host four matches.

Other host cities for the competition are Dublin, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Saint Petersburg, Bilbao, Munich, Budapest, Baku, Rome and Bucharest. However, in a question to Sky News TV, Secretary of State for Health Matt Hancock assured that he had “not seen anything” with regard to an offer of this kind, and therefore it would be necessary to start from the principle that it was “not correct”.

The European Championship, which was scheduled to be held last summer, has been postponed for twelve months due to the pandemic, hoping that the situation will improve after a year. Officially, UEFA remains steadfast in its project to organize Euro 2020 in 12 European cities, from July 11 to July 11, compounding the uncertainty about the health plan and logistics.

UEFA is expected to work in alternative scenarios in the event of travel restrictions, when matches in European competitions have already been transferred to German, Spanish and Portuguese clubs. Israel, where the vaccination campaign is more advanced, would also have proposed hosting the final rounds of the Champions League and Euro 2020. (AFP)

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