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UEFA plans to host Euro 2020 in one country due to Covid-19

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Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has claimed that UEFA is considering hosting the rescheduled 2020 European Championships in just one country due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The tournament – still marked Euro 2020 – was originally planned to take place in several locations across the continent, with 12 different host cities from 12 different European countries: Amsterdam, Baku, Bilbao, Bucharest, Budapest, Copenhagen, Dublin, Glasgow, London, Munich, Rome and Saint Petersburg.

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Budapest is one of the 12 host cities | ATTILA KISBENEDEK / Getty Images

It is due to start on June 11 after already being delayed for a year due to the coronavirus, but with the tournament format proposed before the pandemic, Rummenigge said UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin was now considering the opportunity to modify plans.

“We must not forget that the idea for this special organization of the tournament was born when the coronavirus did not exist… it was an initiative of the European Commission which wanted football to be shown all over Europe”, said Bayern CEO said. German newspaper Muenchner Merkur / TZ (via The Guardian).

“But I do know that UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin – who is incredibly careful with Corona – is wondering if it might not make more sense to play the tournament in one country. This would be with a corresponding hygiene concept, of course.

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Ceferin “reflects” on the host city format change | Dan Istitene / Getty Images

“In the coming weeks, UEFA will and must make a decision on how and where the tournament will take place. It won’t be easy. But the way I got to know Aleksander Ceferin, UEFA will take the right decision with the utmost care and wisdom. ”

Ticket holders have been informed by UEFA that they will be entitled to a refund if matches are moved more than 50 km from their place of origin. A decision on the tournament is expected in March, with Covid vaccination programs currently starting to roll out across Europe.

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