Euro: EU authority questions semi-finals and final in London

Euro: EU authority questions semi-finals and final in London

UEFA needs to consider “very carefully” whether the semi-finals and UEFA European Cup final should also be held in the UK, which is facing a spike in Covid-19 infections, a senior EU official said on Tuesday. Said to

London’s Wembley Stadium is set to host the semi-finals on July 6 and 7 and the final on July 11 with more than 60,000 fans – 75% of its capacity – as the highly permeable delta version of the new coronavirus causes a spike in infections .

“There will be a lot of people, and the idea of ​​a full stadium at the moment [em que] We are so concerned that the delta variant exists in itself so much that it sends a message that UEFA needs to look very carefully,” European Commission Vice-President Margaritis Schinas said at a news conference.

Shinas, who oversees the bloc’s public health policies, said an “oddity” had to be taken into account as the UK was banning its citizens’ travel to the EU because it was trying to accept a “huge presence” of visitors. Was prepared. same European Union.

All ticket holders will be required to have either a negative COVID-19 test or proof of complete vaccination. It is unclear whether the UK will ease restrictions, with most cases requiring a ten-day quarantine upon arrival of fans.

“I think from these objective considerations UEFA should look very carefully at the semi-finals and the final situation,” said Shinas.

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