Women’s Euro 2022: An OL player complains about too small stadiums

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Interviewed by her Pitch podcast, Olympique Lyonnais player Sarah Björk Gunnarsdottir attacked the organizers of the Women’s Euro which will take place next summer (6-3 July). Icelandic regrets that the stadium which will host the competition cannot accommodate more supporters.

Women’s football Euro has not started yet and it is already being talked about. However, the organizers of the competition to be held in England from 6 to 31 July, Leonis Sarah Björk Gunnardsottir have decided to attack. The Icelandic player, who will notably face France in Group D, condemned the holding of matches in some stadiums that are too small for her taste.

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In its first two matches, against Belgium and Italy, Iceland will actually play them at the Manchester City Academy Stadium, one of the grounds on the Manchester City training complex. The league has a lawn used by the women’s section of English clubs and can only accommodate 4,700 supporters.

Old Trafford will host only the opening match

“It’s shocking. In England, there are so many stadiums and we’re going to play at the City Training Centre, with 4,000 people complaining of Gunnardstir in his pitch podcast. It’s not the respect we deserve. (. ..) I don’t know what’s going through the minds of the organizers, or even if they’re watching women’s football.”

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Manchester City Academy Stadium is the shortest circle of this Euro 2022. Eight other stadiums will be mobilized for the competition, including Old Trafford (73,000 seats), which will only host the opening match between England and Austria. The largest stadium for this Euro, other than Manchester United, is St. Mary’s Stadium (31,600 seats).

“It’s disrespectful to women’s football”

Far enough for Gunnardstir. “Look at the women’s matches today. The stadiums are full like Barcelona or Madrid”, explains the OL player, referring to the Clasico held at the Camp Nou in late March, with 91,500 people in attendance. “The organizers (of the euro, editor’s note) are only ready to sell 4,000 places”, regrets Icelandic.

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“It’s disrespectful to women’s football. You feel like women’s football is taking two steps forward, but then something happens and you take a step back,” Gunnardstir said. In any case, ticket sales prove the OL player right: all places for England’s matches for the group stage and the final at Wembley have already been found. ,

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