UEFA ‘admit Euros can’t go ahead as planned’ and one country may host all games

UEFA are preparing to overhaul the structure of next summer's Euro 2020 and stage all matches in one host country.

12 cities were due to stage fixtures but European football's governing body admits this is not feasible given the current trajectory of the coronavirus pandemic.

The European Championships had been scheduled for this summer but the tournament was postponed in March.

Wembley is due to host seven matches, including all three of England's group games and the semi-finals and final.

But with numerous venues set to be scrapped, UEFA are considering hosting the tournament in one country, according to The Sun .

The report adds the Euros are in no danger of cancellation, as UEFA will not forgo the television money the competition will generate.

Meanwhile, organisers remain optimistic supporters will be able to attend across a reduced number of venues which will limit travelling.

Among the first host cities to be dropped will be Azerbaijani capital Baku and St Petersburg in Russia. These two venues are the furthest east of any of the 12 host cities, while Azerbaijan is in conflict with neighbouring country Armenia.

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The matches scheduled for Bilbao's San Mames stadium are also at risk as the Spanish city struggled to sell tickets.

UEFA are now set for further talks as they explore the idea of reducing the number of Euro 2020 host cities. They are confident the tournament can be staged in one country, with teams staying in bubbles.

But Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Oliver Dowden has warned there are no guarantees Wembley's seven matches next summer will go ahead.

Should UEFA attempt to maintain numerous host cities or stage Euro 2020 in one country? Have your say here.

Asked if it is realistic for the Euros to take place next June, he told The Sun : “I very much hope so. But, given this virus and the unpredictability of it, I can’t give a cast iron assurance.

“Fans wouldn’t want it to go ahead if it wasn’t safe to do so. But if it is safe to do so, then, of course, we will work to achieve that.

“We’re planning on that basis, but this disease is with us this winter. In making decisions on this I’m going to be driven by the health first.”

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