BREAKING NEWS: Dublin faces being stripped of their Euro 2020 matches after Irish FA admit they ‘CAN’T offer assurances’ of allowing 25% capacity crowds in… with England on standby to host their games
The Football Association of Ireland has told UEFA that it cannot guarantee a minimum number of spectators at the four EURO 2020 matches scheduled for Dublin this summer.
The admission creates a real possibility that the games will now be allocated to another country – with England a potential candidate.
UEFA had set a deadline of today for the 12 host cities to confirm minimum spectator numbers at Euro 2020 matches.
Dublin’s Aviva Stadium could yet miss out on Euro 2020 games amid fears over fans attending
It is expected that the other 11 cities will provide the assurances the European football governing body requires.
Today, Scotland, Spain and Romania all confirmed they would agree to 25% capacity.
But FA in Ireland is now waiting on UEFA to decide whether it will give Dublin more time, or axe it from the programme and redistribute matches.
If the matches are reallocated, the games could come to England, by the FA here had received no contact from UEFA about accepting more matches prior to today.
The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium would be an ideal venue to host extra Euro 2020 games
FAI Chief Executive Jonathan Hill said: “We have made our submission to UEFA today and now await their response once submissions from all 12 host cities have been received and considered.”
In a statement, the RA of Ireland added: ‘All partners of the Local Organising Structure – Government, the FAI, Aviva Stadium and Dublin City Council – recognise the challenges presented by spectator attendance at Aviva Stadium for the scheduled hosting of four matches at EURO 2020 this summer and that public health issues are the most important consideration in the organisation of the project.’
Covid infection rates in Ireland remain stubbornly high, despite a lockdown since Christmas, however the Irish authorities have assured UEFA the matter will be kept under review.
Meanwhile, the Scottish FA have advised UEFA that Hampden Park can have a capacity of up to 25% for Euro 2020, meeting the minimum requirement and securing the matches for Glasgow.
Delayed Euro 2020 tournament is due to be held in 12 cities across 12 different countries