UEFA announced earlier that it has a contingency plan to replace Wembley as the host of the European Football Championship final. This could happen if the UK refuses to isolate fans arriving in London. According to the media, Budapest is a fallback option.
According to UK media, all countries showing a downward trend in the number of coronavirus infections will be placed on so-called green leaves. Thanks to this, citizens of these countries can easily enter Great Britain.
The European Championship final has been set for July 11 at Wembley, just like the semi-finals before. The stands have a capacity of 45,000 seats. fans. The Telegraph reports, however, that this number will rise further to 75,000. The EU authorities still hope that everything will go according to schedule.
“There is always a back-up plan, but we are sure that the last week of the tournament will be in London,” UEFA said.
The Times said on Friday that if fans are not freed from the quarantine obligation, Budapest is an alternative location for UEFA to consider.
The potential change in the host of the final may come as a big surprise, but the media reports that Budapest – which hosts four matches for the tournament this year – is organizing matches with full attendance, and selling tickets to fans who have been vaccinated or tested negative. for COVID-19.
The Hungarian capital was also an emergency stadium for several Champions League matches last season, when due to coronavirus restrictions, it was not allowed to take place in the originally designated stadiums.
“Hungarian organizers are focused on hosting four matches in Budapest,” a spokesman for the local football association told Reuters.
– However … MLSZ is ready to organize any football event at a high level – he added.