UEFA has denied rumours that it has moved to alter the format of the rescheduled Euro 2020 tournament by hosting the competition solely in Russia.
French outlet Le Parisien initially reported that one of the options for ensuring the safe return of the tournament next year was to stage all of the fixtures in the World Cup 2018 host country.
European football’s governing body made the decision to postpone Euro 2020, originally set to kick off in June of this year, due to the emergence of the Covid-19 pandemic. The format would have seen 12 cities across Europe host a number of games.
In a statement, UEFA distanced itself from rumours linking them with adjusting the designated format but didn’t rule out doing so in the future.
The statement read: 'Uefa intends to hold Euro 2020 in the format and the venues confirmed earlier this year and we are working closely with all host cities on preparations.
'Given the uncertainties surrounding Covid – over which neither Uefa nor the local organising bodies have control – it is currently too early to say whether those games in June and July will have restrictions either on fans or even their staging.
'Uefa’s efforts are currently focused on planning for a tournament in all 12 venues with fans.
'Decisions that run counter to that plan could be made much nearer the time if necessary but there are presently no plans to change any venue.'
The cities currently set to host matches next summer are Amsterdam, Baku, Bilbao, Bucharest, Budapest, Copenhagen, Dublin, Glasgow, London, Munich, Rome and St Petersburg.
London’s Wembley Stadium, considered the home of football, has been selected as the venue which will hold both the semi-final and final of the tournament.
Author: Jake Wilkin