UEFA insists there are no plans to deny London’s Wembley the Euro 2020 semi-finals and final.
Two eighth finals, two semi-finals and the final (on 11 July) will be played during the knockout phase at Wembley. Last week, British newspaper The Times reported threats from UEFA president Alexander Ceferin to move the semi-finals and final from London to the Hungarian capital Budapest.
Reason: Delayed relaxation of quarantine rules by the British Government. After all, there is a 10-day quarantine obligation for travelers arriving in the United Kingdom and the current coronavirus figures do not allow for an immediate easing.
There is great concern in the UK about the increasing number of infections with the so-called Delta variant, which originates from India. On Monday, 10,633 positive tests were recorded.
Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi recently called for the prestigious competitions to be held elsewhere, proposing Rome as an alternative.
However, UEFA is confident that the semi-finals and final will be played at Wembley. A UEFA spokesperson said: “UEFA, the English Football Association (FA) and the English authorities are working together to host the semi-finals and final at Wembley. There are no plans to replace the stadium for those matches.”
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