EU Officials Ask UEFA to Reconsider Wembley Stadium Hosting Remaining Euro 2020 Matches

Wednesday, 30-June-2021 11:10

A view of Wembley Stadium in London, England
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A view of Wembley Stadium in London, England

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - European football's governing body UEFA has been asked by European Union officials to reconsider their plans to host the semifinals and final of Euro 2020 at Wembley Stadium, as England is experiencing a spike in COVID-19 cases.

In the midst of a spike in cases driven by the outbreak of the Delta variant in England, last week UEFA reiterated their commitment to continuing to host the two semifinal and final matches of Euro 2020 at Wembley on July 6, 7 and 11.

UEFA even announced the addition of attendance permits, which increased to 75 percent of Wembley's capacity for the three matches, or approximately 60,000 seats.

"There will be so many people, and about increasing stadium occupancy, we are very concerned about the Delta variant, which is so visible it should be a warning to UEFA to take careful consideration," said European Commission vice president Margaritis Schinas, as reported by Reuters on Tuesday (06/29/2021).

Schinas, who is nomenclature in charge of the European Union's public health policy, said there was an asymmetry to consider regarding the UK government's travel restrictions policy, while on the other hand they were prepared to welcome large numbers of arrivals from abroad.

In current regulations, ticket holders must prove a negative test result for COVID-19, or a statement that they have undergone a full vaccination to attend Wembley.

However, there is no sign that the UK will relax other rules about the 10-day quarantine for foreign arrivals.

"I think these objective considerations should make UEFA review carefully the situation of the semifinals and final," said Schinas.

"And I feel supported to say this because I have seen German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi and many other members of the European Union express similar concerns," Schinas added, as reported by Antara.

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