Uefa look poised to strip Dublin of their right to host any Euro 2020 matches this summer, according to a new report.
London’s Wembley Stadium will reportedly benefit from the decision as they will gain an eighth fixture for the upcoming tournament.
Uefa have insisted that all Euro 2020 venues should be at least 25 per cent full during the tournament — a figure that Ireland’s authorities are currently unwilling to comply with.
The Euros, which were meant to take place last summer, kicks off on 11 June 2021. The tournament will run for a month with the final taking place on 11 July 2021.
Uefa has asked the 12 proposed host cities to reveal the number of fans that they can permit into the stadiums by Friday. Uefa have insisted that the stadiums must be at least 25 per cent full.
And so far, nine of the 12 cities have confirmed that their venues will meet Uefa’s criteria regarding spectator numbers.
Uefa’s reasoning behind the aforementioned mandate is to ensure that the tournament generates a reasonable amount of money as attendances of less than 25 per cent would negatively impact the overall revenue.
However, Dublin looks set to miss out on Euro 2020 hosting privileges, according to The Athletic.
On Wednesday, Ireland Tánaiste Leo Varadkar explained that it remains unlikely that the city would be able to meet Uefa’s demand on stadium capacity.
“The last I heard was that the organisers (Uefa) were looking at us to commit to have at least 25 per cent of the stadium full,” Varadkar told Today FM.
“We’re cautious about that. We just think June is too soon. I think if they continue to insist on that, it will be hard for that to go ahead which is unfortunate.”
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