Geneva – Bilbao and Dublin could not be assured that the stadium had enough fans, so they were removed from the host city of this year’s European Championship on Friday and the game was moved to Seville, St. Petersburg and London.
The Euro 2020 12-city hosting plan change will take place just seven weeks before the tournament in 24 countries begins on June 11th in Rome.
This decision was first revealed by the Polish Football Federation President Zbignev Boniek, who posted to his official Twitter account while attending a UEFA executive committee meeting.
Poland, Spain, Sweden and Slovakia were scheduled to play Group E matches in Spain and Ireland. UEFA chose Bilbao and Dublin in 2014, but their location was at stake because authorities could not guarantee that fans would participate during the coronavirus pandemic.
The three games in Bilbao will move to Seville within Spain. St. Petersburg, already set to host four games in the tournament, gets three Group E games from Dublin.
The 16-round Dublin match was moved to London, giving Wembley Stadium an eighth match. Both the semi-finals and the finals will also be held at Wembley.
The German Football Association said in a statement that Munich, which was also at risk, was pardoned by UEFA.
The federation said Bavarian officials have decided that a minimum capacity of 14,500 is “realistic” for the Euro 2020 game. This is just over 20% of the stadium’s capacity in the tournament composition.
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Dublin’s Bilbao dropped as host of Euro 2020, Seville added
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