UEFA says this summer’s football European Championship (more commonly known as the Euro) will go ahead, despite concerns over the pandemic.
Euro 2020 is set to be held in 12 cities: starting in Rome on the 11th June 2021, and excitingly, the final is set to be held in Wembley on the 11th July 2021. The cities range over Europe and consist of:
UEFA have said that “all parties recognise the need for flexibility around decisions to be made on the arrangements for the tournament”. This is especially so as the original postponement of the tournament from summer 2020 would have caused clashes with the Women’s European Championship, the Nations League, and the European Under-21 Championship, all of which will be “rescheduled accordingly”.
However, the big question of whether fans will be allowed to attend the games is still being decided. Host nations have been given an extended deadline until early April to submit plans to accept fans into the games. Indeed, UEFA President, Aleksander Ceferin, has said that “fans are such a big part of what makes football special. We must allow ourselves the maximum space to allow their return to the stadiums.” Although the President remains optimistic that the circumstances will be very different with regard to the virus as we move closer to the tournament, the “health of fans, staff and players has to be [the] number one priority”.
With much in the air, the UEFA President has admitted “it is important that we give the host cities and government as much time as we can to formulate an accurate picture of what will be possible come June and July”. Let’s hope this is something to look forward to given the unusual events of the past year.