On Friday, UEFA announced that Wembley will host one extra quarter-final which is expected to be an England match after dropping Dublin and Bilbao as host venues.
Gareth Southgate’s England is set to play their all three group games at Wembley Stadium starting from 13th June. If England finishes as table toppers, they are set to face Germany, France or Portugal on 29th June. Earlier, this match was scheduled to be in Dublin but now, UEFA has granted this match hosting rights to Wembley.
Reacting to this news, the FA chief executive, Mark Bullingham said,
We’re delighted to be able to help Uefa in staging the extra game. They asked us a couple of weeks ago whether we would be able to help out and we also liaised with the Irish FA to see if they were comfortable, which they were. It’s an incredibly tough route to the final for us but this gives an opportunity for the Three Lions to play another game at home, which is obviously brilliant.
Sevilla has stepped in to host all of Spain’s group matches and quarter-finals. Earlier, Bilbao was scheduled to host these matches but the authorities failed to guarantee UEFA with a minimum capacity of the crowd. So Bilbao was scrapped from hosting matches and Sevilla was honored with hosting rights.
Similar was the case with Dublin. Dublin failed to assure UEFA and hence all matches in Dublin will now be hosted at St Petersburg. This means Russia will host seven matches after getting extra three matches.
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The situation was similar to Germany’s Munich stadium. But the authorities along with UEFA met in the middle to agree on 14500 crowd capacity.
The tickets will be refunded to fans who book Dublin and Bilbao matches. Moreover, these fans will also be granted priority access to buy tickets for matches at new venues.