UEFA‘s executive committee will meet on Friday to discuss a shake-up of the venues that will host matches at Euro 2020 this summer.
The rearranged tournament, originally postponed from the summer of 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, was meant to be held across 12 different cities in Europe.
However, due to a lack of commitment to allowing fans to attend matches from respective governments and federations, some host cities are expected to lose fixtures.
According to the BBC, Dublin is one of those host cities that are set to lose hosting privileges. It’s not yet known who will take charge of their three group stage fixtures, though Wembley Stadium is expected to take on its last-16 tie.
The Irish government aren’t willing to commit to UEFA‘s requirements of having 25 percent attendance for matches. “We think June is too soon,” said Irish deputy prime minister Leo Varadkar.
The situation for Bilbao is a little different. The Basque Country’s regional government are, like Ireland, unable to commit to 25 percent attendance by June. Therefore, their matches could be moved to another host city in Spain.
Seville is the leading contender. The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) have adopted the Estadio de la Cartuja in recent years, with the last two Copa del Rey finals held there, as well as Spain’s 6-0 win over Germany in November.
As a result, La Cartuja is expected to host each of Spain’s group fixtures against Poland, Sweden and Slovakia, as well as a last-16 tie.
Germany are also yet to give guarantees over having 25 percent attendance at matches at the Allianz Arena. Germany are due to play France, Portugal and Hungary there in the group stages, while a quarter-final will be hosted there too.
A final result on whether Germany can expect to host matches at the Allianz Arena is expected on Friday.
Euro 2020 host venues and expected crowds
Wembley (London, England) – 25 percent capacity (rising for semi-finals and final)
Stadio Olimpico (Rome, Italy) – 25-33 percent
Olympic Stadium (Baku, Azerbaijan) – 50 percent
Krestovsky Stadium (Saint Petersburg, Russia) – 50 percent
Puskas Arena (Budapest, Hungary) – 100 percent
Arena Nationala (Bucharest, Romania) – 25-33 percent
Johan Cruyff Arena (Amsterdam, Netherlands) – 25-33 percent
Hampden Park (Glasgow, Scotland) – 25-33 percent
Parken Stadium (Copenhagen, Denmark) – 25-33 percent
Allianz Arena (Munich, Germany) – TBC
San Mames (Bilbao, Spain) – TBC
Aviva Stadium (Dublin, Ireland) – TBC