The United Kingdom is working to become the sole host of the rescheduled UEFA European Championship in 2021, if the tournament is restricted to one location.
Rumours have circulated about the apparent measures being considered for the tournament next year as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause disruption across sport, with Russia having previously been linked as stepping in as the sole host.
However, the Daily Mail has reported that the UK, via the Football Association (FA), has entered talks with UEFA about staging the tournament exclusively.
The European competition, that was originally due to take place in summer 2020 but was forced to move to 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic, was going to be played across 12 cities in Europe in celebration of its 60th anniversary, a plan that was still carried over to the rearranged tournament next year. However, according to the British newspaper, the governing body are fearing that these plans may not be able to go ahead.
The UK are already involved with the tournament, as London’s Wembley Stadium has been selected as the venue to host the semi-finals and final, along with other knockout games and group fixtures.
“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,” a spokesperson from UEFA said.
“Given the uncertainties surrounding COVID-19 - 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 Daily Mail also reported that a decision regarding the plans for Euro 2020 will be made within the next two months.
Author: Jake Wilkin