The UEFA president has said he does not believe matches in the upcoming 2020 Euro Cup will be postponed.© AFP
UEFA President Alexander Ceferin told AFP on Friday that the teams would have to face a “special situation” to complete Euro 2020 due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. “It’s not the usual euro because it’s in 11 countries and also because there’s a Pandemic that makes travel even harder,” Ceferin said in Rome. “So each team will have to adapt to a special situation in order to finish this Euro.” A year after the pandemic was delayed, the 24-team tournament began in 11 venues across Europe on Friday with Italy facing Turkey in front of an estimated 16,000 fans at the Olympic Stadium, which is about a quarter full capacity.
Despite the positive results of the Covid-19 test for Spanish, Swedish and Russian players in the early days, Ceferin remains confident that the competition will continue uninterrupted until the final at Wembley on 11 July.
“I don’t think the matches will be postponed,” said the 53-year-old Slovenian.
“I think the‘ bubbles ’are going to be very strict, our health protocol is very strict.
“Vaccine officials should also be tested before each match.
“We are all very protected, the players even more so I think the tournament is safe.
“Sure, you never know if there’s a case going on, but I’m pretty sure everything will be fine.”
He believes the decision to postpone last year was a good one, given that last year’s tournament would have to be played in empty stadiums.
“Now we realize, it was a good delay, because last year we would have the Euro without fans and now we have at least a lot of fans, it’s very important because it’s a football festival for the Euro.
“From the beginning I thought the Euro would be on its way this year.”
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