Euro 2021: eight host cities have committed to welcoming the public

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Eight host cities of the Euro (June 11-July 11) have already committed to welcoming spectators this summer, which leaves the fate of Munich, Rome, Bilbao and Dublin in suspense.

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Unless there is a bad surprise, there will be a lot of public at the Euro this summer (June 11-July 11). Eight host cities have already committed to welcoming spectators, which leaves the fate of Munich (Germany), Rome (Italy), Bilbao (Spain) and Dublin (Ireland) unanswered, announced on Friday l ‘UEFA. The remaining four cities “have until April 19 to provide additional information on their plans.” A final decision will be taken on that date “concerning the possible relocation of the meetings planned in these cities. Clearly, Germany, Italy, Spain and Ireland risk losing their status as host countries. ‘UEFA has been demanding since mid-March that each meeting of its pan-European tournament be open to the public.

A full stadium for the Blues?

Budapest, very advanced in its vaccination campaign, is targeting crowded stands, “as long as the spectators meet the strict conditions for entering the stadium,” said UEFA. On Friday, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban promised that all citizens who request it would have been vaccinated by the start of the tournament “and could participate in the event with their vaccination card”. The Blues who play two Euro matches against Hungary and Portugal could therefore play in a full stadium.

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Saint Petersburg and Baku have for their part promised a 50% gauge, while Amsterdam, Bucharest, Copenhagen and Glasgow have committed to 25-33% of spectators and London to “at least 25%” for the three matches of hen, hoping for a “higher capacity” for the semi-finals and the final “.

UEFA can’t imagine a Euro without an audience

UEFA has given fans until April 22 to be reimbursed for their tickets, promising “special arrangements” in the event of a relocation or a meeting finally scheduled behind closed doors. For UEFA, the presence of supporters in the stadiums for the Euro is a priority. “If a city came to propose a scenario behind closed doors”, the meetings which were to be held there “could” be transferred “to other cities which have the capacity to welcome spectators”, had indicated the European body. last month.

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In mid-March, when the spread of more contagious variants of Covid-19 was already putting the continent on alert, UEFA boss Aleksander Ceferin had already surprised by promising that the Euro matches – postponed for a year in due to the coronavirus – would “not be disputed in front of empty stands”. A requirement that annoyed in Germany, where the presence of the public in the stadiums has been prohibited since March 2020.

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