UEFA planning Euro 2020 ‘to take place with fans in stadiums across Europe’ next year but with back-up options prepared, reveals president Aleksander Ceferin
- UEFA are exploring a number of options for how Euro 2020 will be delivered
- President Aleksander Ceferin said 12 host venues could be slimmed down
- As it stands, UEFA are planning for tournament to take place as they want it
- He also revealed plans are in place for how to host with varying fan numbers
Euro 2020 could be played in front of fans in stadiums next summer across Europe, according to UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin.
The Slovenian admitted that the organisers are optimistic supporters will be able to return in strong numbers but a number of different contingency plans are being made with so much uncertainty about how the coronavirus crisis will affect matters.
‘For the moment, we are planning the Euro exactly as we want it to be. We are considering how to do it with fans, without fans, or with 30, 50 or 70 percent (of capacity in stadiums),’ he told German broadcaster ARD.
UEFA boss Aleksander Ceferin is planning for Euro 2020 to take place with fans in stadiums
The tournament has been delayed but Ceferin says UEFA are ‘smarter and well prepared’
‘Theoretically, we could hold the Euros in twelve countries, in eleven, in ten, in three countries or in one.
The UEFA chief said governing body is ‘well prepared’ to with different options for the finals, postponed until June 11-July 11 2021.
He went on: ‘Of course, I would have told you in February that the Euros would take place as normal with full stadiums this summer, but everything changed within a month,’ he added.
‘If you had asked me in February if I was prepared for a pandemic that would stop the world, I would have said you were crazy.
‘But now we’re well prepared. We’re smarter and stronger than last year as we now know that anything can happen.’
When asked whether he would endorse the idea of spreading games across Europe for the tournament again, Ceferin admitted the logistical nightmare would be tough to back.
‘I don’t think I would support that again,’ he said. ‘It’s a big challenge, but I’m sure the Euros will be played next year’.
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