UEFA, the European Football governing body has stated that they are working out a plan to ensure the fans are allowed in the stadium cheering their favorite team.
On Wednesday, UEFA told AFP that the venues can be switched if a specific host venue proposes to conduct matches inside a closed stadium. This gives a window to new hosts who would welcome fans into the stadium.
The official statement read,
“If a city proposes a no fans scenario” the matches due to be held there “could” be switched “to cities able to welcome supporters.”Every host must guarantee the presence of fans”.
The UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin while talking to Croatian newspaper Sportske Novosti, assured that the upcoming Euro will not be “staged in front of empty stands”.
On the 60th anniversary of Euro, the tournament is scheduled to break the tradition of a single host. Euro 2021 is assigned 12 venues in 12 different host cities. Amid coronavirus, the tournament scheduled in June 2020 was postponed by a year to June 2021.
A few weeks back, reports claimed that Euro will be conducted in the traditional format with one host city. But new reports claim that the UEFA is keen on holding the tournament and will be held across 12 cities. The multi-venue tournament will give organizers the flexibility to deal with issues arising from the pandemic situations. Even if a problem arises at one venue, the championships can continue at the remaining venues.
At the start of March, the UEFA health Advisor told AFP, “If we can no longer do anything in one country there are still 11 others where preparations are already in progress”.
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