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Bilbao, Dublin, Glasgow risk losing Euro hosting

UEFA has 100 days left until the re-appointed European Championship, և is considering the possibility of cutting three cities from the list of 12 cities on the continent.

Bilbao, Dublin և Glasgow are in danger of being canceled due to the lack of guarantees for the number of fans who can enter the stadiums until June. They spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the situation ahead of schedule by UEFA to receive applications from host countries.

UEFA wants to be forced to postpone its exhibition tournament due to last year’s epidemic, as the hosting program will be arranged in weeks. The bodybuilder would like stadiums to have at least half the seats full, even though most of Europe was still playing in empty spaces due to ongoing coronavirus restrictions. UEFA is ready to take away games from cities that can not guarantee a significant number of spectators, based on the expected mitigation of the epidemic until June.

Although Britain had the deadliest outbreak in Europe, its vaccination program is the fastest in Europe, boosting UEFA confidence in seven games at Wembley Stadium in London, including the semi-finals and finals in July.

The British government expects up to 10,000 fans to return to the stadiums from May, but more seats may be filled in a few weeks, depending on the coronavirus tests for the fans. But that only applies to England, with the Scottish authorities taking a more cautious approach to getting out of the blockade without specifying when fans can return to sports venues.

“We will see if it is possible for fans to be present at the Witnesses (Euro) anywhere along the way,” said Scottish Health Minister Anne Freeman on Wednesday.

But in Scotland, this uncertainty, led by Nicolas Sturgeon, is in the midst of a political crisis, forcing UEFA to consider depriving Glasgow’s Hampden Park of four games. Three group stage games և The last 16 matches could move south to the England border, hitting the Scots in 1998. After qualifying for their first men’s tournament since the World Cup.

UEFA could use another London venue, Tottenham Hotspur’s 62,000-seat home, as an option. Stadiums in Manchester or Liverpool will also be considered for extra time, especially if UEFA decides to move the 51,700-capacity Aviva Stadium in Dublin to the other side of the Irish Sea.

UEFA has yet to receive positive information from the Irish authorities about banning fans from the April 5 games.

“The Council on Public Health says it’s too early to say when these restrictions should be eased, given the uncertainties,” the Irish government said in a statement.

“At the request of UEFA, the Dublin Host Partners are considering possible scenarios for staging the COVID-19 Games in Dublin in this environment. “We are in constant dialogue with UEFA, և our goal is to work out the best possible scenario that meets the public health guidelines.”

The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris John Onson, who was in contact with UEFA President Alexander Schaefer, said this week that “we are definitely ready” for more games.

UEFA is also in contact with the Basque Country of Spain, but has not yet received assurances about the fans participating in the Bilbao Games, which is also due to the four games in the 16th round of the group stage. ,

On Wednesday, Basque Country officials said they were in a hurry to confirm the spectator’s return, instead sticking to a health-conscious approach.

“We have three months left, we have to be careful,” the Basque government told the Associated Press. “But we will continue to work with other UEFA venues to see if the European Championship games can be played with the fans, what the capacity will be and under what conditions.”

La Liga president Javier Tebas said on Tuesday that he hoped some fans would return to their matches before the end of the domestic season in May.

There have already been discussions in the Basque Country about the limited prospect of economic stimulus from staging European games. In addition, the Spanish national team was not popular in a region with a strong separatist movement. Athletic Bilbao pursues a policy of playing only from the region or surrounding areas.

This euro has a special dimension after UEFA went beyond its usual preference to host the tournament in one or two countries as part of a logistically complex program launched in 2012 by then-President Michel Platini.

The new odometer made it possible to stage games in some countries that did not necessarily have to be played on their own. But the epidemic has further complicated the hospitality arrangement.

UEFA says it plans to announce in April what the epidemic will look like – the ability of fans to attend games by already selling tickets.

The opening of the Euro is planned in Rome, on June 11, Turkey will play against Italy.

UEFA also hopes to keep Baku (Azerbaijan), Copenhagen (Denmark), Munich (Germany), Budapest (Hungary), Amsterdam (Netherlands), Bucharest (Romania) and St. Petersburg (Russia).

Long before the epidemic, Brussels lost its hospitality as it was not planned to build its new stadium, the four games handed over to London.


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