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Euro 2020 final still can be held at Wembley if UK waive certain rules

Fri 18 June 2021 | 13:09

UEFA admits there is a “contingency plan” for Euro 2020 final if they can not reach an agreement with the government to hold it at Wembley Stadium.

Currently, the vast majority of people who arrive in the

United Kingdom

are obliged to self-isolate for up to 10 days in order to limit the spread of COVID-19.

United Kingdom citizens have also been asked to only travel abroad for essential reasons.

There are discussions within the United Kingdom government about exempting certain officials, sponsors, and broadcasters from having to follow self-isolation rules upon their arrival in the country for the latte stages of

Euro 2020

, according to The Times.

It seems these strict rules might become a problem for the final game as

UEFA

president Aleksander Ceferin has warned the final will be moved to

Budapest

unless certain rules are waived. Hungary’s border restrictions are much less strict.

UEFA has said that talks are ongoing with the government to try to ensure fans can attend knockout games at

Wembley Stadium

, which is due to allow a crowd of 50 percent of its capacity for the two last-16 games, two semi-finals, and final.

UEFA has proposed that fans would be contained within a “strict testing and bubble concept” that would limit them to approved transport and venues and ensure they stayed in the country for less than 24 hours.

However, it also admitted that there is a “contingency plan” if they can not reach an agreement.

"UEFA is delighted that the capacity at Wembley will go up to at least 50 percent for the knockout round matches,"

UEFA said in a statement.

"At the moment, we are in discussions with the local authorities to try to allow fans of the participating teams to attend the matches, using a strict testing and bubble concept that would mean their stay in the UK would be less than 24 hours and their movements would be restricted to approved transport and venues only. We understand the pressures that the government face and hope to be able to reach a satisfactory conclusion of our discussions on the matter. 

"There is always a contingency plan but we are confident that the final week will be held in London."

UK prime minister Boris Johnson announced last week that there is going to be a delay to the planned final stage of easing of coronavirus restrictions due to the rising cases, fueled by the delta variant first identified in India.

More than 11,000 positive tests for COVID-19 were confirmed on Thursday, with a week-on-week increase of more than 30 percent.


source: SportMob