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UEFA says no plans yet to change format of Euro 2020

Phil Egan
Phil Egan

11:41 4 Nov 2020

UEFA says there are no plans to change the format of the delayed Euro 2020 despite reports next summer's tournament could be staged in Russia.

The tournament was due to be held across 12 cities this summer but was put on hold for a year due to the global pandemic.

However, it was reported by French newspaper Le Parisien earlier this week that Russia, which hosted the World Cup in 2018, was being considered by UEFA to host all the games due to a rise in COVID-19 cases across Europa.

UEFA has not ruled out changing the format but said in a statement released to PA that it currently had no plans to do so.

"UEFA intends to hold Euro 2020 in the format and the venues confirmed earlier this year and we are working closely with all host cities on preparations," the statement read.

"Given the uncertainties surrounding Covid - over which neither UEFA nor the local organising bodies have control - it is currently too early to say whether those games in June and July will have restrictions either on fans or even their staging."

"UEFA's efforts are currently focused on planning for a tournament in all 12 venues with fans.

"Decisions that run counter to that plan could be made much nearer the time if necessary but there are presently no plans to change any venue."

Dublin is one of the cities selected to stage Euro 2020 games along with Amsterdam, Baku, Bilbao, Bucharest, Budapest, Copenhagen, Glasgow, London, Munich, Rome and St Petersburg.

The tournament is due to kick off on June 11th next year, with the first group-stage match between Italy and Turkey set to take place at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.

The final is scheduled for Wembley on July 11th.

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