News ID: 280945
Published: 0306 GMT February 21, 2021

Britain offers to host entire Euro 2020 tournament

Britain offers to host entire Euro 2020 tournament

Britain could be set to host the entire Euro 2020 tournament as government ministers draw up plans for fans to return to stadiums.

The tournament could come to the UK this summer as the country surges ahead of the EU in the race to dish out vaccines, the Daily Mail reported. 

Government ministers are said to have drawn up plans to allow more than 4,000 fans back into football grounds.

Wembley Stadium is already set to host the semifinals and final on July 11 with the rest of the competition currently scheduled to be played around Europe.

But Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has reportedly told UEFA that progress on vaccinations means the UK will have crowds back in stadiums before most of Europe – with the end of May their target.

This comes as the latest setback for the EU's flailing vaccine rollout which last month saw Brussels launch bitter attacks on Britain and UK-based manufacturer AstraZeneca, accusing the pharmaceutical giant of reneging on contractual obligations.

Newly-unchained Brexit Britain has now administered 24.3 vaccination doses per 100,000 people, while the EU has managed just 5.19 per 100,000.

According to The Sunday Times, the culture secretary told UEFA that fans in Britain will be able to attend games before the rest of Europe.

The report claims government sources have said they would “respond positively” if the governing body asked them to take on more games.

It is understood that crowds will be much bigger than the 4,000 allowed into stadiums last autumn.

Fans returned to grounds for the first time in nine months in November 2020 for clubs that were in Tier 1 or 2 of the government's coronavirus restrictions.

But all games returned to being behind closed doors when the country went into another lockdown in December.

Earlier this week, Premier League chief Richard Masters outlined his confidence that fans would be able to return to grounds before the end of the season.

Last month Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said UEFA wants to hold this summer's European Championship in one country.

Euro 2020, delayed 12 months until the summer of 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, was set to be staged across 12 host cities in 12 different countries.



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