As revealed by The Sun daily, Boris Johnson’s government is reportedly in talks with UEFA to host more Euro matches in the UK. The European football body would be sensitive to the health arguments of the country.
According to an article in the British daily newspaper on March 2 The Sun, Boris Johnson is said to be in talks with UEFA (the Union of European Football Associations) to organize more matches in the UK for the next Football Euro which is scheduled to take place from 11 June to 11 July 2021.
Like eleven other European countries, the United Kingdom is due to host numerous matches in two cities: London and Glasgow. The English capital is already well off as it has to host seven matches, including three in the pool, a round of 16, the two semi-finals and the final. The British Prime Minister would nevertheless like there to be more matches in the country: “We are ready to host all other matches […] but for the moment, it is UEFA that takes care of it, ”he told the Sun.
According to the tenant of 10 Downing Street, it would be an excellent thing for the country which could thus launch a “decade of football” because the United Kingdom also wants to obtain the organization of the Football World Cup in 2030. ” This is the home of football, now is the right time. It will be a wonderful thing, ”he said, adding that the British wanted to“ bounce back from the epidemic ”.
The vaccination campaign would work in favor of the United Kingdom
As AFP reports, the European health situation is not unrelated to these last minute discussions with UEFA. The European football body is particularly worried about being able to fill the stadiums in good conditions. And while Britain has been hit hard by the virus with nearly 123,000 dead, it is now the European country where the vaccination campaign is most advanced with more than 20 million people who have received at least one dose of the vaccine from Pfizer (BioNTech) or AstraZeneca (Oxford).
Another reassuring element: the government made public, a few days ago, a gradual deconfinement schedule which provides that the British stadiums will be able to welcome supporters from May 17. The gauge will be set at 10,000 spectators initially but from June 21, ten days after the start of the competition, full stadiums could be authorized again if the health situation allows it.
For the time being, this idea would only be a hypothesis, especially since it would necessarily be realized to the detriment of the other countries supposed to host the meetings. UEFA will also have to take into account the situation in the other host cities (Dublin, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Saint Petersburg, Bilbao, Munich, Budapest, Baku, Rome and Bucharest). According to AFP, the organization would have given itself until the beginning of April to see where and under what conditions the holding of this football competition will be possible. It does not take more to stir up rumors on social networks. Still according to AFP, some Britons even hope to see the whole of the Euro take place in Great Britain. “Ooouuuh. Yes please !” tweeted ex-Three Lions striker and now TV consultant Gary Lineker, conveying the excitement of English football fans.