The Dublin venue to host Euro Cup finals matches is in serious jeopardy after the Irish Football Association (FAI) failed to guarantee UEFA today that fans can attend the Aviva Stadium.
The governing body of European football gave the 12 host cities of the European Championship until today as a deadline to present their plans in relation to the number of spectators they could host in the matches of the tournament, which will be played from June 11 to July 11 .
UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin said that all host cities must ensure the presence of a certain number of fans, as matches will never be played behind closed doors. However, the restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic have posed difficulties for the different locations to definitively assume this commitment.
Finally, Dublin would be the only venue that could not guarantee the presence of spectators. “The Irish Football Federation, following the advice and guidance of the Government, has notified UEFA today that due to the Covid-19 pandemic it is not in a position to offer guarantees on the minimum levels of spectators in the matches of the UEFA EURO 2020 scheduled in Dublin in June ”, announced the FAI in a statement.
On April 20, final decision
Dublin was scheduled to host three group stage matches and a round of 16 match, but the FAI’s decision could lead to UEFA withdrawing its venue at its meeting on 20 April.
Other venues such as Bilbao, London, Rome, Munich, Amsterdam and Glasgow will be able to host fans in their stadiums, as announced in recent hours. The remaining cities chosen by UEFA are Saint Petersburg, Copenhagen, Budapest, Bucharest and Baku, although, according to the Daily Mail reported on Monday, they have informed UEFA that they will be able to accommodate spectators.
Euro 2020 was postponed a year due to the pandemic and most of European football has been played behind closed doors in recent months.