Wembley to be allowed at least 60,000 fans

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    Wembley Stadium for England's Euro 2020 Group D fixture against CroatiaWembley has hosted 22,500 fans – 25% of its capacity – for England's Group D games at Euro 2020

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    The crowd capacity at Wembley will be raised to more than 60,000 for the semi-finals and final of Euro 2020, says the UK government.

    It means the stadium will be at 75% capacity for the games.

    The increase will also see the largest crowds assembled for a sporting event in the UK in more than 15 months.

    "It is great news that so many fans will be able to watch the final three matches of Euro 2020 at Wembley," said Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin.

    The UK government has postponed lifting all restrictions until 19 July but the game at Wembley, along with certain other sporting events, is being allowed extra crowd capacity under its Events Research Programme.

    Wembley's capacity has been reduced to 22,500 for group fixtures at Euro 2020, but that is set to be expanded to 45,000 – around 50% of full capacity – for two knockout games in the last 16 before the semi-finals on 6 and 7 July and final on 11 July.

    Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi had called for the final to be moved from England because of rising Covid-19 cases in the country but Uefa said it had "no plans" to do so.

    There was also speculation the semi-finals and final could be moved from London to Budapest if VIPs were not given an exemption to England's strict quarantine rules, and talks on that issue are continuing.

    "This tournament has been a beacon of hope to reassure people that we are returning to a more normal way of life and this is a further step along that road," added Ceferin.

    "I am grateful to the prime minister and the UK government for their hard work in finalising these arrangements with us, to make the tournament final stages a great success in Wembley."

    Fans attending the games at Wembley will need to follow a number of strict entry requirements, including having a negative Covid-19 test or proof of full vaccination, which means two vaccine doses, 14 days before the fixture they are attending.

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    "As we continue to make progress on our roadmap out of lockdown, keeping the public safe remains our top priority," said Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden.

    "We have worked extremely closely with Uefa and the Football Association to ensure rigorous and tight public health measures are in place whilst allowing more fans to see the action live.

    "The finals promise to be an unforgettable moment in our national recovery from the pandemic."

    However, the World Health Organisation (WHO) is "concerned about easing of restrictions in some of the host countries" for games at Euro 2020, according to Robb Butler, an executive director at the WHO's regional office for Europe.

    Other UK events exempt from strict capacity limits under the government's Events Research Programme include Wimbledon and The Open.

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    • R

      Comment posted by Redhaddock, at 15:28 22 Jun

      No dancing at weddings or singing in church but 60,000 football fans at Wembley. Presumably they will be banned from singing or dancing! Pathetic Covid rules nonsense and inconsistencies.75948

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        Reply posted by ziggee, at 15:38 22 Jun

        "No dancing at weddings or singing in church but 60,000 football fans at Wembley. Presumably they will be banned from singing or dancing! Pathetic Covid rules nonsense and inconsistencies."ziggee replied: It’s outside, asymptomatic transmission is highly unlikely. There was no spike last summer after the BLM protests either.151322

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      Comment posted by -_-, at 15:35 22 Jun

      Funny how these well funded sports are being allowed to open up, yet I can’t go and stand in the middle of a field and watch my child’s sports day.

      Money talks, eh.65018

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        Reply posted by The Voice of Reason, at 15:52 22 Jun

        "Funny how these well funded sports are being allowed to open up, yet I can’t go and stand in the middle of a field and watch my child’s sports day.Money talks, eh."The Voice of Reason replied: A step in the right direction.

        They need to do it without any silly testing next.51155

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      Comment posted by Just a normal guy, at 15:30 22 Jun

      So those of us even if we have been double jabbed are not allowed to mix with more than 6 people indoors and 30 outdoors yet for a football match 60,000 is ok. Presumably none of them will be crammed onto the tube before and afterwards. Totally ridiculous!40613

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        Reply posted by Rob, at 15:40 22 Jun

        "So those of us even if we have been double jabbed are not allowed to mix with more than 6 people indoors and 30 outdoors yet for a football match 60,000 is ok. Presumably none of them will be crammed onto the tube before and afterwards. Totally ridiculous!"Rob replied: Its over. Why are people so scared of life?172205

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      Comment posted by Eddie Izzards Beret, at 15:30 22 Jun

      Yet only 10,000 for the Premiership Rugby Final. This government stinks to high heaven of corruption!33131

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        Reply posted by ah64wjcc, at 15:36 22 Jun

        "Yet only 10,000 for the Premiership Rugby Final. This government stinks to high heaven of corruption!"ah64wjcc replied: I’m surprised that club rugby can sell 10,000 tickets.114226

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      Comment posted by J151991, at 15:31 22 Jun

      This is absolutely ridiculous. I am all for fan zones and spectators but allowing this and not allowing dancing at your own wedding with family or friends for example is beyond belief!27014

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      Comment posted by gaznbinky, at 15:27 22 Jun

      Were all following covid guidelimes but EUFA want money so suddenly we allow 60,000 people in 1 place,like my spurs this is a hideous joke2429

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        Reply posted by ajackson, at 15:35 22 Jun

        "Were all following covid guidelimes but EUFA want money so suddenly we allow 60,000 people in 1 place,like my spurs this is a hideous joke"ajackson replied: Texas has 40,000 at the opening of baseball season 2 months ago and 73,000 indoor undistanced for a boxing match a month ago. Cases are about 1/10 of where they were when they fully opened up.6326

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      Comment posted by philco, at 15:36 22 Jun

      And I can’t go to my daughters sports day on Friday?22012

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        Reply posted by Devils Avocado, at 15:49 22 Jun

        "And I can’t go to my daughters sports day on Friday?"Devils Avocado replied: Depends. If you are a chum of Boris or can donate to the Tory party, I’m sure something can be arranged.20726

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      Comment posted by ah64wjcc, at 15:35 22 Jun

      It would almost be hypocritical of this hypocritical government not to cave in to a hypocritical organisation like Uefa.

      Epidemiologically I don’t think it’s such a big deal if people have tested negative or have had the vaccine but the fact that the rest of us are expected to abide by these restrictions whilst the elites can do as they please is staggering. End the restrictions for all. Now.15714

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        Reply posted by Flipflops, at 15:48 22 Jun

        "It would almost be hypocritical of this hypocritical government not to cave in to a hypocritical organisation like Uefa. Epidemiologically I don’t think it’s such a big deal if people have tested negative or have had the vaccine but the fact that the rest of us are expected to abide by these restrictions whilst the elites can do as they please is staggering. End the restrictions for all. Now."Flipflops replied: ‘Epidemiologically’ will hopefully be the longest word I have to read this week..438

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      Comment posted by CJBH, at 15:32 22 Jun

      If anyone was still in any doubt that many of the Covid rules are political then just look at this.12610

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        Reply posted by decency, at 16:41 22 Jun

        "If anyone was still in any doubt that many of the Covid rules are political then just look at this."decency replied: This is not now. It’s when more have been jabbed and with testing.712

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      Comment posted by General Zod, at 15:29 22 Jun

      What they mean is…many more thousands for the prawn sandwiches, sponsors and corporates.

      £££££

      Sigh.1248

      • T

        Reply posted by Terry, at 16:41 22 Jun

        "What they mean is…many more thousands for the prawn sandwiches, sponsors and corporates.£££££Sigh."Terry replied: I don’t think the decision is about money.

        It’s a distraction technique – hoping we will criticise him for being too cautious, rather than blame him for earlier ignoring the science.

        The public have short memories – his strategy may even work!2035

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      Comment posted by Max_Marauder, at 15:37 22 Jun

      Great that UEFA is now dictating covid policy in England, I can now dad dance at my daughter’s wedding next weekend!!1163

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        Reply posted by decency, at 16:40 22 Jun

        "Great that UEFA is now dictating covid policy in England, I can now dad dance at my daughter’s wedding next weekend!!"decency replied: It’s important that they don’t give way to UEFA and allow overseas people in without quarantine. Otherwise it’s a reasonable experiment. We have to experiment to gather info. Makes sense to use major events. Win win.1813

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      Comment posted by yelsel, at 15:32 22 Jun

      ok, Twickenham holds 82000. The Prem final this weekend has only been allowed to have 10000 fans in attendance. These rules are barmy1025

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        Reply posted by Bubba, at 16:20 22 Jun

        "ok, Twickenham holds 82000. The Prem final this weekend has only been allowed to have 10000 fans in attendance. These rules are barmy"Bubba replied: But not many of our overseas friends with influential financial backers will be putting pressure on HMG to relax the rules. Hence just keep the locals down.312

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      Comment posted by BiconvexWhale, at 15:30 22 Jun

      Absolute joke965

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      Comment posted by stuart truman, at 15:29 22 Jun

      This is because of pressure from UEFA they only awarded Wembley the final provided that fans o mass would be allowed
      Yet the rising cases and infections is this the sensible option915

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        Reply posted by Celts, at 16:14 22 Jun

        "This is because of pressure from UEFA they only awarded Wembley the final provided that fans o mass would be allowed Yet the rising cases and infections is this the sensible option"Celts replied: Yet i’ve spent over 15 months apart from my girlfriend (who lives in the United States).

        Even though i’m fully vaccinated, willing to wear a mask on the plane, willing to take a test, willing to pay for quarantine at a hotel upon arrival. That’s still not enough for them to let me in!!

        Loosen border restrictions and allow people to see their loved ones!!!4227

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      Comment posted by Hal, at 15:31 22 Jun

      60000 fans at wembley and eased travel restrictions whilst the Delta infection is still spreading fast. Bungling Boris strikes again10844

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        Reply posted by AndyC_MK, at 16:01 22 Jun

        "60000 fans at wembley and eased travel restrictions whilst the Delta infection is still spreading fast. Bungling Boris strikes again"AndyC_MK replied: You’re letting fear get the better of you.

        We’re now at a stage where a significant % of the population has had two doses of vaccines. There are restrictions in attending these games including proof of a negative test and/or proof of double vaccinations and you’re STILL cowering behind this.

        Enough is enough. We need to get back to regular life. We’ve all played our part with vaccines.7228

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      Comment posted by Paul, at 15:32 22 Jun

      60 000 in Wembley but only 6 to a table in your local654

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        Reply posted by David, at 16:47 22 Jun

        "60 000 in Wembley but only 6 to a table in your local"David replied: But a lot more than 6 in your local, and how big is your local compared to Wembley, an outside venue919

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      Comment posted by taffy, at 15:37 22 Jun

      This is complete nonsense and makes a mockery of current COVID restrictions! You couldn’t make it up!7011

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        Reply posted by decency, at 16:43 22 Jun

        "This is complete nonsense and makes a mockery of current COVID restrictions! You couldn’t make it up!"decency replied: It’s not current. It’s in a few weeks time. Doh!1015

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      Comment posted by jb, at 15:50 22 Jun

      That’s it for me, the last straw, ordinary people have to obey the rules, but VIPS can do anything they want. Will not forget this at next election554

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        Reply posted by cameron, at 15:51 22 Jun

        "That’s it for me, the last straw, ordinary people have to obey the rules, but VIPS can do anything they want. Will not forget this at next election"cameron replied: hopefully many millions more will agree with you!304

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      Comment posted by Display name, at 15:27 22 Jun

      G7 leaders didn’t act like they were scared of a virus.

      All things they want on happen.

      They’re telling us to be fearful of something they’re not fearful of themselves.6515

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        Reply posted by Payney39, at 15:35 22 Jun

        "G7 leaders didn’t act like they were scared of a virus. All things they want on happen. They’re telling us to be fearful of something they’re not fearful of themselves."Payney39 replied: Exactly202

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      Comment posted by Kildare Jerry, at 15:29 22 Jun

      Biggest infection event coming up. Forget Cheltenham 2020, here comes Wembley 20217540

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        Reply posted by MarkHinde, at 16:13 22 Jun

        "Biggest infection event coming up. Forget Cheltenham 2020, here comes Wembley 2021"MarkHinde replied: Not advertised by the liberal media …but the rest of the world is opening up. New York massive fireworks display. Sports events across the USA. Big difference from previous times : we have had the vaccine. Lock downs cause death. Poverty shortens lives. A successful economy pays for healthcare. You stay hiding behind your duvet forever, allow me to live my life. LIVE YOUR LIFE EVERYBODY.5022

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