UEFA confirm they are sticking to 12-city Euro 2020 format amid reports rescheduled tournament is moving to Russia… and are ‘focused’ on plan which has fans attending
- UEFA say it has no plans to change the format of Euro 2020 after speculation
- The governing body decided in March to postpone tournament by 12 months
- UEFA have so far stood by the 12-city format it devised for next year’s Euros
- READ: The FA continue to plan for staging Euro 2020 matches at Wembley
UEFA say they have no plans to change the format of Euro 2020 amid reports it is considering moving next summer’s tournament to Russia.
European football’s governing body decided in March to postpone the tournament by 12 months amid the coronavirus pandemic, but have so far stood by the 12-city format it had originally devised.
Le Parisien reported earlier this week that Russia, which hosted the World Cup in 2018, was one option being considered by UEFA with infection rates rising again across the continent.
UEFA has no plans to change format of Euro 2020, meaning England could play at Wembley
The FA are still working with UEFA to ensure Wembley stays as Euro 2020 final host next year
However, in a statement released to the PA news agency, the governing body said: ‘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.’
The statement added: ‘UEFA’s efforts are currently focused on planning for a tournament in all 12 venues with fans.
European football’s governing body have so far stood by the 12-city format it originally devised
‘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 due to host matches are Amsterdam, Baku, Bilbao, Bucharest, Budapest, Copenhagen, Dublin, Glasgow, London, Munich, Rome and St Petersburg.
England and Wales have already qualified for the finals, which start on June 11 next year and conclude with the semi-finals and final at Wembley. The showpiece match is due to be played on July 11.
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