For Oliver Dowden, British Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sports, a return of the public to the stadiums for the last meetings of the Euro is possible “as long as new dangerous variants of the Covid do not not emerge “. What pave the way for a half-full Wembley for the final.
Slowly but surely, the UK appears to be regaining control of the Covid-19 epidemic. In any case, this is the message that Oliver Dowden, the British Secretary of State for digital, culture, media and sports tried to convey. The latter explained Thursday that the government was “ready” for phase 4 of the plan to end the curfew in the Kingdom. This is due to start on June 21 and includes the removal of all legal limits on social contacts and the lifting of restrictions on major events.
45,000 supporters for the final at Wembley?
Obviously, the announcement did not go unnoticed by all the fans who hope to be able to go to Wembley to attend one of the eight meetings planned (three group matches, two round of 16, the two semi-finals and the final) during the Euro. All the more so as better established health protocols and the possibility of vaccine passports are all additional arguments on which the confidence of the British authorities is based. Still, the Secretary of State recalled the warning against the dangerous variants of the Covid that could emerge by then.
For now, the English Federation (FA) has told UEFA that they are aiming for a half-full stadium – 45,000 supporters – for the final. UEFA has given him until the beginning of June to set the number of spectators for the semi-finals (July 6 and 7) and the final (July 11). This gauge of 45,000 could therefore even be reassessed upwards in the event of encouraging indicators. From there to seeing 90,000 spectators roaring like in the good old days in the mythical London enclosure, there is only one step … that the government, still cautious for the moment, does not allow itself to take.