Rummenigge: Uefa mulling single host for Euro 2020
Uefa is considering dramatically changing the hosting arrangements for this year’s European Championships to stage the event in one country, according to Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, the chairman of top German club Bayern Munich.
Euro 2020 was due to take place last year in 12 cities in 12 different countries, only to be postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.
As things stand, the event remains a multi-country affair although Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin has stressed that the governing body would continue to monitor the Covid-19 situation, and was open to staging the competition in fewer countries.
There could be just a single host, with Rummenigge, an influential figure in European soccer, telling Munich-based newspapers Muenchner Merkur/TZ: “One must not forget that the idea of this special tournament was born when the coronavirus did not yet exist. At the time, it was an initiative of the EU Commission, which wanted football to be represented throughout Europe.
"But I know that Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin - who is incredibly careful with Covid-19 - is thinking about whether it wouldn't make more sense... to play the tournament in just one country."
Uefa has not commented on Rummenigge’s remarks, saying only that it was currently working on the basis of the original hosting plan, albeit with possible restrictions on spectator numbers given the ongoing pandemic.
It told AFP: "In agreement with the 12 cities, we are currently working on four scenarios: full stadiums; stadiums between 50 and 100 per cent full; 20 to 30 percent full; and behind closed doors.”
A final decision on whether Euro 2020 can proceed in multiple countries across Europe is expected in early March.
The tournament is due to be held from 11 June to 11 July, with the host cities of Amsterdam, Baku, Bilbao, Bucharest, Budapest, Copenhagen, Dublin, Glasgow, London, Munich, Rome and St. Petersburg.
London’s Wembley Stadium is earmarked to stage both semi-finals and the final.
Uefa decided to stage Euro 2020 across the continent in part to commemorate the 60th anniversary of its European Championships.Germany has already been awarded solo hosting rights to the 2024 edition.