The twelve cities that will host the soccer Eurocup this summer will have to guarantee that there can be an audience in the stands and, if this requirement cannot be met, the change or reduction of the number of venues can be studied, according to the president of UEFA, Aleksander Ceferin. UEFA thus puts pressure on the venues: Bilbao, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Baku, Bucharest, Budapest, Dublin, Glasgow, Saint Petersburg, Munich, Rome and London.
“The sure thing is that it will not be played before the empty stands,” says Ceferinen, statements that the Croatian media have collected.
The decision regarding possible changes regarding the number of host cities, if any do not meet the requirements, will be made on April 20, he announced.
Ceferin opined that the ideal scenario is that there are no changes and that it be played in the 12 planned cities: Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Baku, Bilbao, Bucharest, Budapest, Dublin, Glasgow, Saint Petersburg, Munich, Rome and London.
“But, if that is not possible, then it will be played in ten or eleven countries, if one or more cities cannot meet the necessary requirements,” said Ceferin. UEFA’s position is already creating controversy, as in Munich, where the organizers of the four planned Eurocup matches said that “we work in different scenarios, but the withdrawal of the city as a venue is not contemplated.”