Dublin set to lose Euro 2020 matches for failing to guarantee fans | Euro 2020


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Dublin is on the verge of relinquishing its status as one of the 12 host cities of Euro 2020 after failing to offer a guarantee on the minimum level of spectators.

European football’s governing body UEFA had set a deadline on Wednesday for countries to confirm stadiums will have at least 25% capacity for the tournament this summer. But the Irish Football Association said it had not been able to do so “due to the Covid-19 pandemic”.

His four matches – three group matches and a final game possibly involving England – are very likely to be traded, with at least one reserved for Wembley. A decision is expected on Friday once the UEFA steering group, which includes the 12 national organizations involved in Euro 2020, meets.

England plan to have 21,000 fans at Wembley for their Euro 2020 opener against Croatia on June 13, but that number is expected to increase significantly as the tournament progresses. Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said last week he hoped there would be “big crowds” for the semi-finals and the final at Wembley.

The Scottish government has allowed 12,000 supporters – 25% of the stadium’s capacity – to attend Euro 2020 matches at Hampden Park. Other cities – including Copenhagen, Bilbao and Amsterdam – have also indicated they will fill their stadiums to 25% while St. Petersburg has said its stadium will be 50%. Dublin is the only host city that has not offered a guarantee to fans.

Tottenham and Manchester City will each receive 2,000 tickets to the Carabao Cup final at Wembley on April 25, but City fans will need to use special transport secured by Covid if they wish to attend. Fans of both teams will also need to prove they are Covid-free – likely via a certificate stating that they have undergone a vaccination, tested negative or are immune. However, Trevor Birch, the chief executive of the Football League, admitted that several issues remained unresolved – including whether supporters would be allowed to sing or would be required to wear masks.

“Secure transport by Covid is under discussion,” Birch said. “Unfortunately, I can’t go into details because he’s still working on it. It’s obviously a pretty complicated process. There are a lot of stakeholders involved in the discussions. “

A total of 8,000 fans will be allowed to watch, with further tickets being given to local residents of the Borough of Brent and NHS staff. “Everything will be revealed in the next week or so, in terms of dos and don’ts,” Birch said.

With Football League clubs having lost around £ 250million since the start of the pandemic, Birch stressed it was vital for the pitches to return to full capacity for the start of the 2021-22 season in August.

However, he admitted that clubs may need to restrict fans who had not received the vaccine, were extremely vulnerable or were pregnant. “Hopefully the Covid certification will solve a lot of it. But it is extremely difficult to be sure which procedures will apply. “

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Meanwhile, a capacity crowd should be able to attend the 2021 World Snooker Championship final at the Crucible in early May. The Sheffield event, which starts next week, will be the first sports competition included in a pilot program to allow mass gatherings to return as lockdown restrictions ease in England.

Organizers have confirmed the crucible will be a third full for the first round, 50% for the second round and 75% for the quarter-finals and semi-finals – before a full capacity crowd of 980 was authorized for the final.

But under the pilot, no one under the age of 18, adults deemed clinically extremely vulnerable or pregnant women will be allowed to attend.

Spectators will also have to take a Covid-19 test before arrival, and will have to show confirmation of a negative result to enter the site, then take another test five days later at home.

Manchester City fans in the 2020 Carabao Cup Final against Aston Villa at Wembley.
Manchester City fans in the 2020 Carabao Cup Final against Aston Villa at Wembley. Photographie: Laurence Griffiths / Getty Images

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