On Wednesday, UEFA set a time limit for the twelve host cities of the European Championship to present whether an audience could be brought in for matches at this summer’s tournament.
It has now been extended.
Cities that cannot guarantee an audience in the arenas risk dumping European Championship hosts – if UEFA adheres to requirements that many believe cannot be put in place.
The announcement by the Irish Football Association is ominous for Dublin as host city – and for the Swedish national team, which has planned to set up their base outside the city and are set to play against Slovakia and Poland at the Aviva Stadium.
No guarantees can be made
“The Irish Football Association informed UEFA today, on the advice of the government, that during the current covid-19 pandemic, we cannot at this point make guarantees regarding minimum levels regarding spectator numbers for matches to be held in Dublin in June. , The union wrote in a statement according to Reuters.
The positive news – at least according to UEFA – on Wednesday came from Bilbao, Sweden’s premier arena, and from Amsterdam.
There, the yards can be opened and occupied with 25 percent capacity, Reuters writes.
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But according to a statement issued by the Spanish Football Federation on Wednesday evening, it will be impossible to allow the public to enter Bilbao already in June.
It remains to be seen how this all ends, but there is a risk that Sweden could play its team matches in cities other than Bilbao and Dublin.
The UK has offered to play more matches in Glasgow and London if UEFA chooses to capture some specific host cities.
On April 19, the UEFA Executive Committee will meet, and on April 20, the idea is to make a final decision on the host cities and fans of the European Championship.
The European Championships take place between June 11 and July 11.