Wembley is apparently up for discussion as the final stadium
The European Football Union is apparently increasing the pressure on the English authorities to adopt corona exemptions for the European Championship games in London's Wembley Stadium. UEFA commented cautiously on a report by the British Times, according to which the move to the semi-finals and the final could even be discussed in Budapest: “There is always an emergency plan, but we are confident that the final week will be held in London becomes.”
Two round of 16 games (June 26 and 29) are scheduled for the coming week at Wembley, before both semi-finals there on July 6 and 7 and the final on July 11. For the knockout round, up to 45,000 spectators should be allowed, which corresponds to 50 percent of the total capacity of the stadium.
The “Times” reports that the negotiations are particularly about VIP guests, for whom the same strict corona rules should not apply when entering the country as for normal returnees or travelers. In Great Britain, the delta variant of the coronavirus discovered in India is currently spreading rapidly and is driving the number of new infections significantly higher despite the high vaccination rate. Further relaxations that were already planned have been postponed, and quarantine is mandatory when entering from almost all countries.
“At the moment we are in talks with the local authorities to try to enable the fans of the participating teams to take part in the games,” said UEFA and wrote of “strict” test and corona bubble concepts. “We understand the pressures the government is facing and we hope that our discussions will end satisfactorily.” The British government initially refused to comment on the reports.