Are your Euro 2020 tickets about to be CANCELLED? UEFA ‘draw up plans to refund ALL fans and start the process from scratch’ with stadium capacities being cut and only home fans allowed in to watch England at Wembley
- Plans for fans at the postponed European Championship remain up in the air
- UEFA could restart ticket sales once venues know of their allowed capacities
- Wembley is due to host seven games, including both semis and the final
- Suggested plans would allow visiting fans to attend games in the latter rounds
- FA chiefs would like away fans to attend the semi-finals and final at Wembley
UEFA are reportedly considering refunding all tickets for Euro 2020 and restarting the buying process once venue capacities are announced.
Despite the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, UEFA still plan to go ahead with their original 12-nation host plan, though it is highly unlikely stadiums would be at full capacity.
A meeting took place on Wednesday of tournament organisers from the 12 host countries, which include England, Scotland and Ireland, to speak about potential plans.
UEFA are reconsidering refunding tickets and restarting the sale process for Euro 2020
Host nations are pushing UEFA to take steps to prevent international travel for the tournament
The Times have reported that tickets already sold could be refunded, and the process of sales will only start again once venues have confirmed how many fans will be permitted by their national governments to attend games.
More than 1.5million of the three million tickets for the tournament had already been sold, though many of them will have been returned to UEFA before the latest refund window closed on Tuesday, January 26.
It is said that current plans would see only home fans allowed into group games for the delayed tournament.
Meanwhile, ‘very limited’ numbers of travelling supporters would be able to make the journey for latter stages of the competition.
The meeting on Wednesday saw many of the representatives push UEFA to take steps to prevent international travel, and suggest that it would be easier to get governments to allow supporters into venues if only domestic fans could attend.
Sources told The Times that the Football Association’s plan for Wembley is for the venue to be 30 to 35 per cent full, based on one-metre social distancing.
Wembley is currently set to host all three of England’s group games, a round-of-16 game, both semi-finals and the final.
FA chiefs are understood to have said they would like 2,000 or 3,000 travelling fans for the semi-finals and final
FA chiefs are understood to have told the organisers they would ideally like 2,000 or 3,000 travelling fans for the semi-finals and final by maintaining social bubbles.
They would be flown to London on charter flights, taken straight to the stadium and then back to the airport directly after the match.
A decision on plans will depend on how the pandemic develops between now and the start of April, and on the impact of the vaccination programme in the host countries.
It has previously been reported that host nations are refusing to pull out as they want compensation from UEFA – not least as they have spent heavily improving facilities and infrastructure to make venues ready for the competition.
UEFA Aleksander Ceferin insists the plan is still to hold the Euros across 12 host cities
Talks over plans for the tournament are said to have intensified during the last fortnight, with UEFA conscious of the need for clarity for both fans and federations given that the tournament is less than six months away.
As reported by Sportsmail today, UEFA could stage the event in four countries if their preferred model is impractical due to travel restrictions.
England would definitely be one of the final four as Wembley is set to host the showpiece matches in the later stages, and the UK’s vaccination programme is the most advanced in Europe.
Portugal, Germany and Russia are also being considered. After a meeting on Wednesday, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin reaffirmed the desire for matches to take place in 12 cities.
He said: ‘UEFA is committed to holding Euro 2020 in the 12 cities originally planned. The Euro is the flagship competition for national team football in Europe and is a vital source of funding for grassroots and wider football development.
‘I am optimistic that things are highly likely to be very different with regard to the virus as we move closer to the tournament and it is important that we give the host cities and governments as much time as we can to formulate an accurate picture of what will be possible come June and July.
If the scheduled hosts remain the same, only some home fans may be allowed in to matches
‘Fans are such a big part of what makes football special and that is true of the Euro as much as it is of any game. We must allow ourselves the maximum space to allow their return to the stadiums.’
Host associations had been asked to submit plans to accept fans in a number of different scenarios by March 5, but that deadline has now been extended until early April.
The cross-continent set-up for Euro 2020 is to celebrate the 60th anniverasary of the tournament with Amsterdam, Baku, Bilbao, Bucharest, Budapest, Copenhagen, Dublin, Glasgow, London, Munich, Rome and St Petersburg the host cities.
Scotland, due to play in their first major competiton since the World Cup in France 23 years ago, have two of their group games at Hampden Park in Glasgow with their clash against England scheduled for Wembley. Wales, however, have two games taking place in Baku in Azerbaijan.
The competition kicks off on June 11 in Rome with Italy against Turkey with the Wembley final due to take place on Sunday, July 11.
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