Boris Johnson wants ‘reasonable accomodation’ for international fans at Euro 2020.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson says the British government will look at making any “reasonable accommodations” for international fans and VIPs attending Euro 2020.
Sources close to the tournament’s organizers If international spectators and dignitaries cannot be spared from the UK’s severe coronavirus quarantine restrictions, UEFA has refused to rule out moving the semi-finals and final from Wembley to Budapest.
UEFA issued a statement urging the government to implement “a tight testing and bubble concept” in which ticket holders would stay in the UK for less than 24 hours and be limited to approved transportation and venues only.
It is also believed that roughly 2,500 VIPs and sponsors will be granted waivers.
When UEFA considered Wembley as a last-minute site for the Champions League final last month, Johnson made a similar request, but Johnson signaled a readiness to work with UEFA on the Euros.
On a visit to Kirklees College in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, he stated, “We’ll do what we have to do to keep the country safe from Covid – that’s obviously going to be our priority, and we’ll be talking to UEFA about what they want and see if we can make some reasonable arrangements.”
“However, public health must certainly take precedence.”
In a statement released on Friday morning, UEFA stated that it was “confident” that Wembley will host the final week’s matches, but added that “there is always a contingency plan.”
The first choice is believed to be Budapest, where matches at the Puskas Arena are played in front of sold-out crowds.
Despite the decision to postpone the final relaxing of coronavirus restrictions, the Government stated on Monday that the remaining four Euro 2020 matches at Wembley could be played in front of crowds of at least 40,000.
The games will be part of the government’s Events Research Programme (ERP), which has been testing various strategies to lure fans back into venues without the need for social separation since April.
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