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Euro 2020: Wembley given extra last-16 tie, Dublin loses fixtures

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Wembley StadiumWembley will host both semi-finals on 6 and 7 July, and the final on 11 July

Wembley has been given an extra Euro 2020 last-16 tie – which could involve England – after Dublin lost its four fixtures because of Covid-19 issues.

Bilbao's four games have been moved to fellow Spanish city Seville, while Munich will keep the matches it is down to host.

Dublin's three group games have gone to St Petersburg and its last-16 knockout match will be at Wembley.

The last-16 tie will feature the winner of Group D, which includes England.

England's group also features Scotland, Croatia and the Czech Republic, and whoever finishes top will play the second-placed Group F team on 29 June.

Euro 2020, delayed a year because of the coronavirus pandemic, will take place between 11 June and 11 July.

The tournament, which was to be hosted by 12 European cities, will – after Dublin's removal – now take place across 11 venues in Amsterdam, Baku, Bucharest, Budapest, Copenhagen, Glasgow, London, Munich, Rome, Seville and St Petersburg.

Uefa had told host cities that stadiums must be able to hold at least 25% capacity to be allowed to keep their fixtures.

However, Munich keeps its fixtures after assuring European football's governing body that a minimum of 14,500 fans – 21% capacity – will be allowed at its games at the 70,000-capacity Allianz Arena, which will be known as Football Arena Munich during the tournament.

Ireland's Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin, said: "We were hopeful that we were all set to host a fantastic tournament in Dublin in June.

"However, despite our commitment to hosting the games, the public health situation has meant that we were not able to give Uefa the assurances they required earlier this month in relation to guaranteeing minimum spectator attendance levels."

Bilbao also could not provide guarantees over the presence of fans amid the coronavirus pandemic, but Uefa says Andalusian regional authorities had told it of "its intention of allowing spectators at 30% of the stadium capacity" in Seville.

"We have been working diligently with the host associations and local authorities to ensure a safe and festive environment at the games," said Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin.

"I am really pleased that we are able to welcome spectators at all matches for a celebration of national team football across the continent."

Wembley will now host eight matches, which will be England's three group games, two last-16 ties, both semi-finals and the final.

"A minimum capacity of 25% (22,500 spectators) will be permitted to all eight Euro 2020 matches in London," said the Football Association.

"We continue to work collaboratively with the UK government and local authorities in order to achieve the maximum spectator capacity possible for the latter stages of the tournament, which will be submitted to Uefa in early June."

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Comment posted by Populist, today at 13:13Populist

13:13This is a close as we’re going to get to a St. George’s Day story from the BBC.

Come on England!8232P

Reply posted by Prawn hub, today at 13:21Prawn hub

13:21to Populist"This is a close as we’re going to get to a St. George’s Day story from the BBC.Come on England!"Prawn hub replied: Come on England..2713More replies (9)downW

Comment posted by W 6, today at 13:32W 6

13:32A pity but given Ireland’s tough restrictions and slow vaccine rollout it was inevitable that Dublin wouldn’t be hosting matches. Feel for the Polish fans living in city who’d have no doubt packed their game out.

Have to say though, the idea of a 12 nation tournament was a bad one even before COVID came on the scene. Over two neighbouring countries? Makes sense. Not from Baku to Dublin though.331E

Reply posted by Eurows, today at 13:37Eurows

13:37to W 6"A pity but given Ireland’s tough restrictions and slow vaccine rollout it was inevitable that Dublin wouldn’t be hosting matches. Feel for the Polish fans living in city who’d have no doubt packed their game out.Have to say though, the idea of a 12 nation tournament was a bad one even before COVID came on the scene. Over two neighbouring countries? Makes sense. Not from Baku to Dublin though."Eurows replied: Ireland has become even more of a nanny state than they were.1523More replies (2)downM

Comment posted by Muzza, today at 13:19Muzza

13:19Multi-country, multi-woke hosting of a football tournament still remains one of the most stupid ideas ever dreamt up by UEFA.

It takes advantage of the fans, it is hard work on the teams, and really underpins why so many have a problem with UEFA right now.6841S

Reply posted by should of would of could of, today at 13:36should of would of could of

13:36to Muzza"Multi-country, multi-woke hosting of a football tournament still remains one of the most stupid ideas ever dreamt up by UEFA.It takes advantage of the fans, it is hard work on the teams, and really underpins why so many have a problem with UEFA right now."should of would of could of replied: Urgh… and how is this “woke”?

Bet I’m going to regret even asking…4516More replies (11)downL

Comment posted by Lord Muck, today at 13:33Lord Muck

13:33Great news, and happy St. George’s day.3210P

Reply posted by Prawn hub, today at 13:40Prawn hub

13:40to Lord Muck"Great news, and happy St. George’s day."Prawn hub replied: Happy St George’s day to you too sir…

Let’s celebrate it like other nations do…

Every reason to be the proud home of football.2810More replies (4)downT

Comment posted by theoracleofdelphi, today at 13:29theoracleofdelphi

13:29Well done EU. If you hadn’t royally messed up the vaccine rollout, Dublin would’ve still been in the game. Say what you like about our government and Brexit, but on the vaccine rollout, we’ve absolutely nailed it!4324X

Reply posted by xlr, today at 13:32xlr

13:32to theoracleofdelphi"Well done EU. If you hadn’t royally messed up the vaccine rollout, Dublin would’ve still been in the game. Say what you like about our government and Brexit, but on the vaccine rollout, we’ve absolutely nailed it!"xlr replied: Stop whining. Even the PM has had to admit that the drop in cases is due to lockdown, not vaccination.1549More replies (16)downP

Comment posted by Po the Panda, today at 13:31Po the Panda

13:31As someone living in Ireland, this weak and not fit for purpose government were never going to allow any meaningful gathering to happen. At least the UK are trying to get out of this BS, whereas they are telling people to be afraid to open the window in case you get it (more likely to be struck by lightening twice than to die of Covid) over here. It is a Joke, Good Job UK.2410R

Reply posted by roverman, today at 13:38roverman

13:38to Po the Panda"As someone living in Ireland, this weak and not fit for purpose government were never going to allow any meaningful gathering to happen. At least the UK are trying to get out of this BS, whereas they are telling people to be afraid to open the window in case you get it (more likely to be struck by lightening twice than to die of Covid) over here. It is a Joke, Good Job UK."roverman replied: England not uk917More replies (2)downW

Comment posted by Wibble, today at 13:09Wibble

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13:09Why is UEFA so determined to spread COVID by forcing governments to allow spectators even if it is against the Government’s rules, and we don’t know what the infection rates will be at the time of the tournament?
My best guess is that, as usual, UEFA is only interested in MONEY from ticket sales.3016B

Reply posted by bobby smith, today at 13:12bobby smith

13:12to Wibble"Why is UEFA so determined to spread COVID by forcing governments to allow spectators even if it is against the Government’s rules, and we don’t know what the infection rates will be at the time of the tournament?My best guess is that, as usual, UEFA is only interested in MONEY from ticket sales."bobby smith replied: Look UEFA want at least 25% capacity in stadium a most countries are fine with it apart from a few like Ireland165More replies (4)downU

Comment posted by U17881151, today at 13:17U17881151

13:17England should really host the World Cup in 2030.

The Home of Football.2816B

Reply posted by bobby smith, today at 13:23bobby smith

13:23to U17881151"England should really host the World Cup in 2030.The Home of Football."bobby smith replied: Yes look at our stadiums compared to Qatar who have to Build them look at the likes of old Trafford London stadium Wembley134More replies (12)downD

Comment posted by DMAtki , today at 13:05DMAtki

13:05Big shame for Ireland to lose these matches, great city. Fans will be gutted….wonder if the general population would agree with these hard covid restrictions

cant keep everyone locked up for ever!2314B

Reply posted by bobby smith, today at 13:08bobby smith

13:08to DMAtki "Big shame for Ireland to lose these matches, great city. Fans will be gutted….wonder if the general population would agree with these hard covid restrictionscant keep everyone locked up for ever!"bobby smith replied: Yes but Ireland aren’t at euros so they don’t want fans there all there saying is it’s too early to have fans although if Ireland were there I guarantee they would allow fans224More replies (7)downS

Comment posted by Spangles , today at 13:45Spangles

13:45A zero COVID policy means zero fun policy for the RoI. Biggest football competition to ever come to this island and they blew it.82C

Comment posted by Chris , today at 13:17Chris

13:17About time but England should be hosting an event considering it`s been twenty five years since the last time. You`re not telling me FIFA and UEFA haven`t blocked us in favour of their pals either with some of the other events we`ve hosted since then.1610U

Reply posted by U17881151, today at 13:27U17881151

13:27to Chris "About time but England should be hosting an event considering it`s been twenty five years since the last time. You`re not telling me FIFA and UEFA haven`t blocked us in favour of their pals either with some of the other events we`ve hosted since then."U17881151 replied: Best stadiums and fans in the world.

But can’t compete on the brown envelope front.

Shocking considering football is an English game…1713More replies (5)downR

Comment posted by rooster booster, today at 14:10rooster booster

14:10should play a match at bath.only mentioning bath because it could do with a plug73C

Reply posted by Chowlayman, today at 14:29Chowlayman

14:29to rooster booster"should play a match at bath.only mentioning bath because it could do with a plug"Chowlayman replied: very witty01C

Comment posted by Choppin With The Hepperdawg, today at 13:58Choppin With The Hepperdawg

13:58It’s the right decision. The human rights records of places like Qatar and Ireland leave much to be desired.51A

Reply posted by A bit of sense, today at 14:41A bit of sense

14:41to Choppin With The Hepperdawg"It’s the right decision. The human rights records of places like Qatar and Ireland leave much to be desired."A bit of sense replied: Surprisingly Qatar has no matches at the Euros. I can’t think why?00J

Comment posted by James, today at 13:32James

13:32Spectators in Bucharest, Budapest, Munich, Rome, Seville and St Petersburg would still appear to be a little optimistic

Especially Munich which is at the whim of an increasingly domineering German government who is suffering from being “too successful” in the 1st wave and reaping the harvest of not using that time wisely.

The weather should still save us if we’re courageous – nerves eh.51J

Comment posted by Jetsetter4805, today at 13:14Jetsetter4805

13:14Another sporting event that has been designed to allow the big boys to get through to the latter stages to boost TV ratings and advertising revenues.139C

Reply posted by Colin The Truth, today at 13:56Colin The Truth

13:56to Jetsetter4805"Another sporting event that has been designed to allow the big boys to get through to the latter stages to boost TV ratings and advertising revenues."Colin The Truth replied: UEFA constantly bend over backwards to please England.111More replies (2)downC

Comment posted by ComradPravda, today at 13:43ComradPravda

13:43Another Brexit Bonus – at least if you like football.53C

Comment posted by charlieboy, today at 13:03charlieboy

13:03That’s it, the trophy is England’s then.86B

Reply posted by bobby smith, today at 13:07bobby smith

13:07to charlieboy"That’s it, the trophy is England’s then."bobby smith replied: Well if look at the picture all our group games are at Wembley and if win the our group we get the last 16 tie at Wembley we get through that we play at another venue win that and semis are at Wembley and win that final at Wembley so we have a massive chance of winning58More replies (6)downG

Comment posted by G , today at 14:26G

14:26Wonder if Ireland would have taken a different approach if they had qualified. Easier to give up a Poland v Slovakia fixture.21R

Comment posted by Release Dai Morris, today at 14:25Release Dai Morris

14:25Seriously, what a mess, this competition has become a nonsense, hold it in one country, instead of this sharing malarkey. idiots running football…21W

Comment posted by WeeMalky, today at 14:18WeeMalky

14:18I see that despite Scotland having almost as strict a lockdown as Ireland, we have committed to crowds for the Games at Hampden.
I’m surprised that Nicoliar has allowed this. I mean, it’s not as if we have an impending election here or anything that could sway her decision…….32More commentsBack to topunknown
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