UEFA has ruled out the idea of England being the sole hosts of this summer’s European Championship.
The original plan, which still seems to be in place, was for the tournament to be held across the continent. However, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, questions have been raised about the feasibility of it.
At this point it doesn’t seem like postponing it again is an option, given that the financial and cultural loss would be pretty extravagant.
The false hope
Earlier this week UK prime minister Boris Johnson appeared to offer a route out of the dilemma by suggesting the country could play host to the whole tournament, or at least more games than are already scheduled for the country.
The initial plans will see Wembley put on seven games including England’s group stage matches, a round of 16 clash, two semi-finals and the final.
As per The Times, those seven may be the only fixtures we end up seeing in England, as plans remain the same…for now.
“Uefa is committed to holding Euro 2020 across 12 European cities, according to the schedule agreed last summer,” a spokesperson for UEFA told the Times. “There are no other plans being pursued.”
Another part of the plans Johnson laid out will apparently see England take a punt at securing the hosting rights for the 2030 FIFA World Cup.
Given the structure in place throughout English football’s elite stadiums and clubs, that definitely comes across as a more realistic possibility.
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