It will be held in London with 60 thousand spectators. The United Kingdom has no intention of letting Italy snatch the final of Euro 2020. “The final of the European Championships will take place at Wembley”, said British Health Minister Matt Hancock in response to a question from Sky news on the statements of Prime Minister Mario Draghi about the possibility of playing the game in a country where the coronavirus infection rate is lower. “I was at Wembley on Friday, it was great to hear the crowd cheering again, we have a great location, I hope England, Scotland and Wales move forward,” he said again.
In a matter of hours, the direct answer from Downing Street also arrives. The UK “can’t wait” to host “some fantastic semi-finals and a fantastic final” of the European Football Championships at Wembley Stadium, London, and to “do it in a prudent and safe way,” said a spokesman for Downing. Street responding for the first time in an official form on behalf of Prime Minister Boris Johnson to the doubts raised yesterday in this regard by the Italian Prime Minister, who had suggested the opportunity to transfer the final phase of this sporting event given the rebound of Covid infections fed in the Kingdom by the Delta variant (formerly Indian).
But the pressure on Uefa – which yesterday confirmed the headquarters of Wembley – continues. German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, said she hopes UEFA will act “responsibly” on the issue of Euro 2020 European football matches to be played in the UK, given the spread of the delta variant of the coronavirus in the country.
This morning Peter Liese, the EU’s leading health lawmaker and EPP member, said the tournament final should not be played in London due to security concerns due to the faster spread of the coronavirus in Britain. His remarks are in line with those expressed by Prime Minister Draghi.
“Our health is a priority. The spread of the Delta variant makes it impossible for 40,000 spectators to see the final match in the London stadium, ”Liese said. Britain is seeing a spike in cases due to the spread of the more contagious Delta variant, which was first identified in India.
The legislator, a doctor by profession who deals with health issues on behalf of the European People’s Party, sent a letter Tuesday to UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin, urging him to choose another venue for the final on the basis of public health criteria.
“Alternative venues should not be chosen by UEFA based on where the greatest number of spectators is allowed, but based on which stadium or city has the best concept of hygiene and where health protection is best guaranteed,” he said. Liese, who is a member of the same party as German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Liese also urged Ceferin not to consider Budapest as an alternative venue, because it is the only European capital hosting the tournament that allowed full capacity at his stadium.
Adding pressure on Uefa was also the WHO itself, which expressed concern over the easing of restrictions in some of the host countries of Euro 2020, highlighting an increase in coronavirus cases near different stages of the competition. “In some of the host cities, cases of Covid-19 are already on the rise, particularly in areas where games are played,” notes Robb Butler, executive director of WHO Europe.