Euro 2020: Amsterdam among cities to pledge to have supporters in stadiums | Football News
Amsterdam has pledged to allow supporters to attend Euro 2020 matches in June ahead of the UEFA deadline for host cities to submit plans on Wednesday, while the Spanish soccer federation has ruled that Bilbao would not be able to host tournament matches.
The European football governing body has asked the 12 host cities to present their plans for fan capacity at the venues for the tournament which starts on 11 June.
UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin said all host cities must ensure some fan presence, saying they will not play games behind closed doors, although the pandemic has made it difficult for organizers to take definitive commitments.
A final decision on the venues is expected at the UEFA congress on April 20.
Euro 2020 has been postponed for a year due to the Covid-19 pandemic and most of European football has been played without supporters over the past year.
The Royal Netherlands Football Association (KNVB) said “at least 12,000 spectators” will be able to attend matches at the Johan Cruyff Arena in Amsterdam.
“Depending on how the situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic develops in June, it is possible that more supporters will be allowed into the stadium. This ambition was jointly expressed by the Royal Netherlands Football Association ( KNVB), the Dutch cabinet and the city of Amsterdam.
The exact number of fans admitted will be determined later by the Dutch government, which warned on Wednesday that a significant outbreak of COVID-19 in the weeks leading up to the tournament could still mean the audience would be reduced.
All spectators will be required to test negative for Covid-19 shortly before the match and will be required to adhere to a strict safety protocol inside the stadium.
Meanwhile, the Spanish soccer federation said Bilbao would not be able to host Euro 2020 matches with spectators, putting the city’s chances of remaining as host for the tournament at risk. reprogrammed.
Bilbao city hall had told UEFA it was ready to host Euro 2020 matches at the San Mames stadium at 25% capacity if coronavirus infection rates drop below current levels.
But the federation said in its own statement that the Basque government’s conditions were “impossible to fulfill” in time for the tournament to start on June 11.
Spain are set to play all three of their group stage matches at the 53,000-seat San Mames, which is also set to host one of the last 16 matches.
The Romanian Ministry of Youth and Sports has announced that up to 13,000 spectators will be able to attend the matches taking place at the Arena Nationala in Bucharest.
Dublin appears to be most at risk of not being able to offer a guaranteed fan presence at the games, with Prime Minister Micheal Martin saying it would be “very difficult”.
On Tuesday, the Italian federation (FIGC) said its government would “identify the best solutions” to allow supporters to be at the Olympic stadium in Rome, although it said a government committee would make an assessment of the pandemic situation and “would examine the possibility of providing a limited public presence”.
Sturgeon hopes fans will be in Hampden for Euro 2020
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon told Sky Sports News she hopes fans attend Euro 2020 matches at Hampden Park.
Speaking in her daily press briefing on Tuesday, Sturgeon said she was “desperate” for the matches to take place in Scotland and said “I think we will see some sort of vaccine certification start to be used. “.
Asked by Sky Sports News About the fan experience that fans can expect, Sturgeon replied: “We have a deadline to make a proposal to UEFA tomorrow. I won’t go into that just yet, it is important that we have a proper discussion under the proper processes that have been set up there.
“I’ve said it before and I know I’m not alone here, there are a lot of people who will feel it even more than me – I desperately want these matches to be played here in Scotland, in Hampden.
“Not least because we will have the capacity to cheer Scotland on in a few of these matches. It is really important for sports fans, but also the idea that it will be possible in June gives us all a push and the belief that things are going well … back to normal.
“The whole issue of vaccine passport certification, I think we touched on some of the issues with that earlier. I think we’ll see some sort of vaccine certification start to be used, other organizations will ask for it.
“We have problems to think about to give reassurance to the public. Regarding the European Championships, there are other countries involved in this area and some of these countries have real challenges with Covid in this regard. moment, so there are some hardships that we all need to tackle.
“I cannot stay here at the beginning of April and give absolute 100% guarantees for June on anything – that is not the nature of what we have to deal with, but I have a lot of hope.
“I hope maybe I will be in Hampden cheering on Scotland at the European Championships and we will continue to work as hard as possible to achieve that.”