European football governing body, UEFA has admonished government across European states to ensure that the Euro 2020 Championship slated to commence on holds as planned despite the fear of Coronavirus outbreak in Europe. The governing body of European football debunked the rumor circulating around that it has plans to postpone Euro 2020 till 2021 following the outbreak of the deadly virus in Europe. This was explained via a statement released by the European football governing body which reads: “UEFA has had no requests to move or cancel the tournament.”
The competition is slated to commence in three months’ time and the football governing body has stated that there is no plan to postpone it. However, a close source in UEFA disclosed that the governing body will adhere to the advice given by the World Health Organization (WHO) that only cities that have enough Health facilities to take care of patients with COVID-19 should be allowed to host the game. Also, cities that have enough facilities to sensitize tens of thousands of football fans coming into each city simultaneously should be allowed to host.
According to a piece of information given by the person who has the knowledge of UEFA plans revealed that the competition will take place in 12 cities in 12 nations that are certified free from the virus or have enough medical infrastructures to take care of the virus. Also, some cities will be given additional games if another city is ruled out due to the outbreak of the virus. The source who spoke on the condition of anonymity revealed that UEFA would remove games from a city if necessary to ensure the 24-team tournament can go ahead.
Meanwhile, the city of Brussels in Belgium had lost the right to host any in the Pan European games because its stadium is still under construction, so additional games were placed to take place in Wembley, while the semifinals and final of the competition is staged to happen in North London.
Though UEFA wants the competition to take place with fans in Stadium to cheer the players, however, it has to be done discreetly because many European clubs now play in an empty stadium. Moreso, the World Health Organization has hinted UEFA that the virus would not have been contained in Europe before June 12 when the competition is slated to commence.