World News – GB – UEFA plans Euro 2020 changeover as Covid crisis threatens European-wide tournament


The competition was to take place in 12 countries, but could be moved to Russia

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UEFA plans to transfer Euro 2020 to Russia next summer due to Covid restrictions across Europe

The tournament was planned as the first to take place in various cities in Europe, including Glasgow

Hampden was due to host group matches as well as one match in the last 16 games, but UEFA could move the entire tournament to Russia, just two years after the country hosted the World Cup in 2018

The tournament was a huge success and that means the infrastructure is in place if the governing body decides to move from 12 different countries

Le Parisien reports that UEFA has been in « turmoil » as it seeks to resolve problems caused by the coronavirus pandemic

Russia already offered to host the Euro earlier this year at the start of the crisis before UEFA decided to delay the tournament

It would also mean that teams won’t have to travel through different countries, even group matches taking place in different cities

UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin told Movistar in October: « We are still concerned about the situation, but we are absolutely sure that EURO will be played out It must be played; it can be played

« The only thing is that we don’t know if it will be with some spectators, full stadiums or no spectators It depends on the health situation, but sport and football must continue

« It is… important to show, once again, that the world has not stopped and that there is positive energy And of course, sport and emotions and national pride, of which speaks EURO, brings hope and positive energy to people « 

« Right now the plan is to do the EURO exactly as it is, but I have to say we could do a EURO, instead of in 12 countries, in 11, in 8, in 5 or in a country

« So we are still assessing the situation, we will see We have not yet discussed any changes, but, for us, it is very important to see how this health situation will evolve, how travel will evolve and how governments will react And then we have time to do something « 

Steve Clarke’s men beat Israel in the semifinals last month to advance to the final

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World news – UK – UEFA plans Euro 2020 changeover as the Covid crisis threatens a European-wide tournament



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