Wembley given extra Euro 2020 tie

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April 24, 2021
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    Wembley StadiumWembley will host both semi-finals on 6 and 7 July, and the final on 11 July

    Wembley has been given an extra Euro 2020 last-16 tie – which could involve England – after Dublin lost its four fixtures because of Covid-19 issues.

    Bilbao's four games have been moved to fellow Spanish city Seville, while Munich will keep the matches it is down to host.

    Dublin's three group games have gone to St Petersburg and its last-16 knockout match will be at Wembley.

    The last-16 tie will feature the winner of Group D, which includes England.

    England's group also features Scotland, Croatia and the Czech Republic, and whoever finishes top will play the second-placed Group F team on 29 June.

    Wembley will now host eight matches – England's three group games, two last-16 ties, both semi-finals and the final.

    Uefa had told host cities that stadiums must be able to hold at least 25% capacity to be allowed to keep their fixtures.

    The Football Association has confirmed Wembley will have that throughout the group stage and chief executive Mark Bullingham believes 50% capacity (45,000) is a "realistic" target for the knockout matches.

    "We have got until 2 June to tell them [Uefa] what our numbers can be for the round of 16, semi-finals and final," Bullingham said.

    "Our hope is that we will be 50% full for those games, but clearly that's not our decision, that's for the authorities to make.

    "From our perspective we think 50% might be more realistic at the moment, but if the situation improves I would love the final to be full. We want as many fans as possible to be able to experience the Euros."

    Euro 2020, delayed by a year because of the coronavirus pandemic, will take place between 11 June and 11 July.

    The tournament, which was to be hosted by 12 European cities, will – after Dublin's removal – now take place across 11 venues, namely Amsterdam, Baku, Bucharest, Budapest, Copenhagen, Glasgow, London, Munich, Rome, Seville and St Petersburg.

    Munich keeps its fixtures after assuring European football's governing body that a minimum of 14,500 fans – 21% capacity – will be allowed at its games at the 70,000-capacity Allianz Arena, which will be known as Football Arena Munich during the tournament.

    Ireland's Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin, said: "We were hopeful that we were all set to host a fantastic tournament in Dublin in June.

    "However, despite our commitment to hosting the games, the public health situation has meant we were not able to give Uefa the assurances they required earlier this month in relation to guaranteeing minimum spectator attendance levels."

    Bilbao also could not provide guarantees over the presence of fans amid the coronavirus pandemic, but Uefa says Andalusian regional authorities had stated "its intention of allowing spectators at 30% of the stadium capacity" in Seville.

    "We have been working diligently with the host associations and local authorities to ensure a safe and festive environment at the games," said Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin.

    "I am really pleased we are able to welcome spectators at all matches for a celebration of national team football across the continent."

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    • P

      Comment posted by Populist, at 13:13 23 Apr

      This is a close as we’re going to get to a St. George’s Day story from the BBC.

      Come on England!15863

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        Reply posted by Prawn hub, at 13:21 23 Apr

        "This is a close as we’re going to get to a St. George’s Day story from the BBC.Come on England!"Prawn hub replied: Come on England..5126

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      Comment posted by W 6, at 13:32 23 Apr

      A pity but given Ireland’s tough restrictions and slow vaccine rollout it was inevitable that Dublin wouldn’t be hosting matches. Feel for the Polish fans living in city who’d have no doubt packed their game out.

      Have to say though, the idea of a 12 nation tournament was a bad one even before COVID came on the scene. Over two neighbouring countries? Makes sense. Not from Baku to Dublin though.796

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        Reply posted by Eurows, at 13:37 23 Apr

        "A pity but given Ireland’s tough restrictions and slow vaccine rollout it was inevitable that Dublin wouldn’t be hosting matches. Feel for the Polish fans living in city who’d have no doubt packed their game out.Have to say though, the idea of a 12 nation tournament was a bad one even before COVID came on the scene. Over two neighbouring countries? Makes sense. Not from Baku to Dublin though."Eurows replied: Ireland has become even more of a nanny state than they were.3254

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      Comment posted by theoracleofdelphi, at 13:29 23 Apr

      Well done EU. If you hadn’t royally messed up the vaccine rollout, Dublin would’ve still been in the game. Say what you like about our government and Brexit, but on the vaccine rollout, we’ve absolutely nailed it!10556

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        Reply posted by xlr, at 13:32 23 Apr

        "Well done EU. If you hadn’t royally messed up the vaccine rollout, Dublin would’ve still been in the game. Say what you like about our government and Brexit, but on the vaccine rollout, we’ve absolutely nailed it!"xlr replied: Stop whining. Even the PM has had to admit that the drop in cases is due to lockdown, not vaccination.34113

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      Comment posted by Lord Muck, at 13:33 23 Apr

      Great news, and happy St. George’s day.7027

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        Reply posted by Prawn hub, at 13:40 23 Apr

        "Great news, and happy St. George’s day."Prawn hub replied: Happy St George’s day to you too sir…

        Let’s celebrate it like other nations do…

        Every reason to be the proud home of football.6227

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      Comment posted by Wibble, at 13:09 23 Apr

      Why is UEFA so determined to spread COVID by forcing governments to allow spectators even if it is against the Government’s rules, and we don’t know what the infection rates will be at the time of the tournament?
      My best guess is that, as usual, UEFA is only interested in MONEY from ticket sales.5617

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        Reply posted by bobby smith, at 13:12 23 Apr

        "Why is UEFA so determined to spread COVID by forcing governments to allow spectators even if it is against the Government’s rules, and we don’t know what the infection rates will be at the time of the tournament?My best guess is that, as usual, UEFA is only interested in MONEY from ticket sales."bobby smith replied: Look UEFA want at least 25% capacity in stadium a most countries are fine with it apart from a few like Ireland297

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      Comment posted by Muzza, at 13:19 23 Apr

      Multi-country, multi-woke hosting of a football tournament still remains one of the most stupid ideas ever dreamt up by UEFA.

      It takes advantage of the fans, it is hard work on the teams, and really underpins why so many have a problem with UEFA right now.9662

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        Reply posted by should of would of could of, at 13:36 23 Apr

        "Multi-country, multi-woke hosting of a football tournament still remains one of the most stupid ideas ever dreamt up by UEFA.It takes advantage of the fans, it is hard work on the teams, and really underpins why so many have a problem with UEFA right now."should of would of could of replied: Urgh… and how is this “woke”?

        Bet I’m going to regret even asking…8024

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      Comment posted by rooster booster, at 14:10 23 Apr

      should play a match at bath.only mentioning bath because it could do with a plug354

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        Reply posted by Chowlayman, at 14:29 23 Apr

        "should play a match at bath.only mentioning bath because it could do with a plug"Chowlayman replied: very witty33

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      Comment posted by DMAtki , at 13:05 23 Apr

      Big shame for Ireland to lose these matches, great city. Fans will be gutted….wonder if the general population would agree with these hard covid restrictions

      cant keep everyone locked up for ever!4115

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        Reply posted by bobby smith, at 13:08 23 Apr

        "Big shame for Ireland to lose these matches, great city. Fans will be gutted….wonder if the general population would agree with these hard covid restrictionscant keep everyone locked up for ever!"bobby smith replied: Yes but Ireland aren’t at euros so they don’t want fans there all there saying is it’s too early to have fans although if Ireland were there I guarantee they would allow fans337

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      Comment posted by Po the Panda, at 13:31 23 Apr

      As someone living in Ireland, this weak and not fit for purpose government were never going to allow any meaningful gathering to happen. At least the UK are trying to get out of this BS, whereas they are telling people to be afraid to open the window in case you get it (more likely to be struck by lightening twice than to die of Covid) over here. It is a Joke, Good Job UK.5025

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        Reply posted by roverman, at 13:38 23 Apr

        "As someone living in Ireland, this weak and not fit for purpose government were never going to allow any meaningful gathering to happen. At least the UK are trying to get out of this BS, whereas they are telling people to be afraid to open the window in case you get it (more likely to be struck by lightening twice than to die of Covid) over here. It is a Joke, Good Job UK."roverman replied: England not uk1943

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      Comment posted by WeeMalky, at 14:18 23 Apr

      I see that despite Scotland having almost as strict a lockdown as Ireland, we have committed to crowds for the Games at Hampden.
      I’m surprised that Nicoliar has allowed this. I mean, it’s not as if we have an impending election here or anything that could sway her decision…….287

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        Reply posted by Davey, at 15:53 23 Apr

        "I see that despite Scotland having almost as strict a lockdown as Ireland, we have committed to crowds for the Games at Hampden.I’m surprised that Nicoliar has allowed this. I mean, it’s not as if we have an impending election here or anything that could sway her decision……."Davey replied: Wee Malky, Scotlands cases and lockdown are much less than Ireland, are you suggesting that we give away our fixtures so that England can play all the games for the whole tournament at Wembly13

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      Comment posted by U17881151, at 13:17 23 Apr

      England should really host the World Cup in 2030.

      The Home of Football.5030

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        Reply posted by bobby smith, at 13:23 23 Apr

        "England should really host the World Cup in 2030.The Home of Football."bobby smith replied: Yes look at our stadiums compared to Qatar who have to Build them look at the likes of old Trafford London stadium Wembley276

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      Comment posted by Chris , at 13:17 23 Apr

      About time but England should be hosting an event considering it`s been twenty five years since the last time. You`re not telling me FIFA and UEFA haven`t blocked us in favour of their pals either with some of the other events we`ve hosted since then.2912

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        Reply posted by U17881151, at 13:27 23 Apr

        "About time but England should be hosting an event considering it`s been twenty five years since the last time. You`re not telling me FIFA and UEFA haven`t blocked us in favour of their pals either with some of the other events we`ve hosted since then."U17881151 replied: Best stadiums and fans in the world.

        But can’t compete on the brown envelope front.

        Shocking considering football is an English game…3721

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      Comment posted by LeighRichards, at 15:15 23 Apr

      In a week when the clueless grasping buffoons of uefa have somehow wnerged as the ‘good guys’ here is confirmation of uefa’s obsessive greed. The most deadly pandemic for century rages across europe but instead of deciding to move the entire tournament to one country they continue with platini’s mad plan to play games and fly fans all over europe140

      • K

        Reply posted by kennycanuck, at 15:19 23 Apr

        "In a week when the clueless grasping buffoons of uefa have somehow wnerged as the ‘good guys’ here is confirmation of uefa’s obsessive greed. The most deadly pandemic for century rages across europe but instead of deciding to move the entire tournament to one country they continue with platini’s mad plan to play games and fly fans all over europe"kennycanuck replied: Will be interesting to see how many fans will be flying to the games.
        I’m guessing the nearer we get to the start of this tournament, the more free tickets will be available to the locals.30

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      Comment posted by James, at 13:32 23 Apr

      Spectators in Bucharest, Budapest, Munich, Rome, Seville and St Petersburg would still appear to be a little optimistic

      Especially Munich which is at the whim of an increasingly domineering German government who is suffering from being “too successful” in the 1st wave and reaping the harvest of not using that time wisely.

      The weather should still save us if we’re courageous – nerves eh.142

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      Comment posted by El Brummie, at 14:06 23 Apr

      Sad for Dublin. However as it is an extra game, shame it could not have gone to one of the Northern stadiums. At Euro match at Old Trafford, Elland Road or St James’s could have been great143

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        Reply posted by Buggo, at 16:28 23 Apr

        "Sad for Dublin. However as it is an extra game, shame it could not have gone to one of the Northern stadiums. At Euro match at Old Trafford, Elland Road or St James’s could have been great"Buggo replied: UEFA apparently didn’t want to give any games to the ESL breakaway 12, but Elland Road or St James’s or even Villa Park would have been good choices31

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      Comment posted by KEV0, at 16:54 23 Apr

      More money for uefa. Morally bankrupt organization. Platini Isn’t the only one whose bent as a corkscrew.100

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      Comment posted by Spangles , at 13:45 23 Apr

      A zero COVID policy means zero fun policy for the RoI. Biggest football competition to ever come to this island and they blew it.155

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        Reply posted by Toby Millward, at 15:49 23 Apr

        "A zero COVID policy means zero fun policy for the RoI. Biggest football competition to ever come to this island and they blew it."Toby Millward replied: World Cup?00

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      Comment posted by Release Dai Morris, at 14:25 23 Apr

      Seriously, what a mess, this competition has become a nonsense, hold it in one country, instead of this sharing malarkey. idiots running football…102

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        Reply posted by ntfctom, at 16:05 23 Apr

        "Seriously, what a mess, this competition has become a nonsense, hold it in one country, instead of this sharing malarkey. idiots running football…"ntfctom replied: yep its an absolute joke that screws over fans. who wants to have to travel europe to watch their team? its enough having to go around a country to different cities when its a singular host country. This should have been axed and given to a single host country as soon as covid hit.20

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      Comment posted by MX, at 14:05 23 Apr

      To be fair to Ireland they are putting their people first.
      Disappointing all the same.

      Now if it was Cheltenham!!!!!72

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      Comment posted by Jetsetter4805, at 13:14 23 Apr

      Another sporting event that has been designed to allow the big boys to get through to the latter stages to boost TV ratings and advertising revenues.1712

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        Reply posted by Colin The Truth, at 13:56 23 Apr

        "Another sporting event that has been designed to allow the big boys to get through to the latter stages to boost TV ratings and advertising revenues."Colin The Truth replied: UEFA constantly bend over backwards to please England.530

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