Since UEFA president Alexander Schiffrin said it was essential for the host cities of this summer’s European Championships to be able to receive spectators if they did not lose their matches, it is precisely the Swedish match cities, Dublin and Bilbao, that are most at risk.
By Wednesday at the latest, the twelve host cities will present their plan for the number of spectators they see they can host.
But Dublin and Bilbao still did not want to guarantee their attendance.
Sweden has its camp in Dublin and will play two matches there and play its first match against Spain in Bilbao.
Local authorities In the Basque Country, he said on Wednesday that 25 per cent of the crowd of 53,000 people could be allowed into the San Mames Stadium in Bilbao, if the situation permits.
But in the evening, the Spanish Football Federation announced that it was not true that they had agreed with the regional government on the terms, and that the federation deemed the requirements set by the authorities impossible.
According to the association, the requirements are that 60 percent of the population in the Basque Country and the rest of Spain should be vaccinated against COVID-19, and that the number of intensive care beds occupied by Covid patients should not exceed 2 percent before that. The date of the match.
“These are goals that are impossible to achieve and thus will lead to the absence of the masses.” Writes Al-Ittihad on its website, explaining that the decision that UEFA will take accordingly is not the responsibility of the Federation.
In IrelandThe union, which has some strict epidemiological restrictions in Europe, says it is currently unable to offer any guarantees to the public.
How UEFA will assess the messages now is unclear. UEFA tempered Alexander Ceferin’s words somewhat in a statement earlier this year, saying that “no city will be automatically eliminated” if it cannot attract an audience, but you need to consider whether it makes sense to play there.
Swedish national team manager Stefan Peterson continues to evolve.
Do you know what to do if the matches are moved?
– It is a decision of the European Football Association in this case where those matches will be held. I am not particularly concerned that UEFA will not help us. He says they will of course do everything they can to make it as good as possible.
If there were no matches in Ireland, could you still set up your camp there?
– It may completely depend on the situation at the time. If it were today, we wouldn’t be able to, because today you end up in quarantine when you go to Ireland. Things happen all the time in this, so it’s hard to guess. If UEFA finds another city today, it might not be running in a month as well. This is very strange, so it’s hard to predict what will happen in a couple of months, says Stefan Peterson.
The UEFA Board of Directors will hold a meeting on April 19, and at the conference on April 20, the final decision will be made on which cities will host the European Championship, which begins on June 11.
According to the Associated Press, England is one Among the countries that can claim matches, but since Wembley is already busy in the European Championship, you have to find another arena in this case.
The UK plans to eliminate all or nearly all of the coronavirus restrictions by mid-June.
Among other countries, Denmark, Russia, Scotland and Italy have said they expect to be able to accommodate audiences.
We look forward to welcoming 12,000 spectators to Johan Cruyff Stadium, but we are aware that Coronavirus is unpredictable and there are no guarantees. But we have high hopes that in June the situation will improve to a position where we can receive more spectators, says director of the European Championships in Amsterdam, Jesse de Jong.