Euros could be moved to the UK this summer ‘with Britain willing to host entire tournament with plans in place to welcome fans back into football stadiums by the end of May… and over 4,000 supporters will be allowed in!’
- Britain is reportedly willing to host the entire Euro 2020 tournament
- Wembley is already set to stage the semi-final and final in July
- The Government have drawn up plans for fans to return by May
- More than 4,000 supporters could be allowed into football grounds
Britain is offering to host the entire Euro 2020 tournament this summer with Government ministers having drawn up plans to allow more than 4,000 fans back into football grounds, according to reports.
England’s Wembley Stadium is already set to host the semi-finals and final on July 11 with the rest of the competition currently scheduled to be played around Europe.
But according to The Sunday Times, as revealed by Caroline Wheeler on Times Radio, the culture secretary Oliver Dowden has told UEFA that progress on vaccinations means the UK will have crowds back in stadiums before most of Europe – with the end of May their target.
Britain is reportedly offering to host the entire Euro 2020 tournament this summer
Wembley is already set to host England’s group games, the semi-finals and the final in July
The report claims government sources have said they would ‘respond positively’ if the governing body asked them to take on more games.
It is understood that crowds will be much bigger than the 4,000 allowed into stadiums last autumn.
Fans returned to grounds for the first time in nine months in November 2020 for clubs that were in Tier 1 or 2 of the government’s coronavirus restrictions.
More than 4,000 fans could be set to return to stadiums in plans laid out by the government
A limited number of fans returned to Premier League grounds at the end of last year before matches were forced to take place behind closed doors again
But all games returned to being behind closed doors when the country went into another lockdown in December.
Earlier this week, Premier League chief Richard Masters outlined his confidence that fans would be able to return to grounds before the end of the season.
Scotland’s Hampden Park is also set to host fixtures at the delayed tournament.
The UEFA’s original plan for the competition to be staged in 12 different cities is looking increasingly unlikely due to the complications with travel caused by the pandemic.
All of England’s group games against Scotland, Czech Republic and Croatia will take place at Wembley.