The European Football Championship has been postponed for a year due to the Coronavirus pandemic, in 12 countries. The host cities are Amsterdam, Baku, Bilbao, Bucharest, Budapest, Copenhagen, Dublin, Glasgow, London, Munich, Rome and Saint Petersburg. That is the plan, but the president of UEFA says it may change. Ceferin told Sky Sports: “The ideal scenario is to run the tournament in 12 cities, but if this is not possible, it will be held in 10 or 11 countries, if the conditions are not met.”
The conditions are related to the number of spectators in the stands. UEFA wants each host to announce how many fans will be able to enter the stadium during the match. The epidemic varies in every country and the restrictions also differ. Therefore, some countries may not be able to accept fans. Ceferin explains – it would mean losing the right to organize matches. We have several scenarios, but the only thing we can guarantee is that there is no way to play any match in Euro 2020 without fans. Every host must ensure the fans participate – says the UEFA president.
The host nations have until April 7 to announce the number of fans who will be able to enter the stadiums. The UEFA Executive Committee meets on April 19. A day later, the final decisions regarding the tournament will be taken by the UEFA Conference. Ceferin informed that this date will not change.
Previous media reports said that the organization of the European Championship 2020 in Glasgow, as well as in Dublin and Bilbao, where the Polish national team was scheduled to play its matches, is in doubt. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that England would be ready to take over the games scheduled elsewhere if the need arose.