UEFA President said he doesn’t think matches will be postponed at the upcoming Euro 2020.© AFP
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin told AFP on Friday that the teams must care for “a special situation” to total Euro 2020 on account of the Covid-19 pandemic. “It is not the standard Euro because it’s in 11 countries and on top of it there is a pandemic which makes travelling even more difficult,” Ceferin said in Rome. “So each and every team must adapt to a special situation to finish this Euro.” A year after being postponed because of the pandemic, the 24-team tournament spread across 11 venues right through Europe gets underway on Friday with Italy facing Turkey in front of an estimated 16,000 fans in a Stadio Olimpico filled to around a quarter of capacity.
Despite positive Covid-19 tests for players in the Spain, Sweden and Russia squads in the days building up to the kickoff, Ceferin remains self-assured the competition will continue without disruption until the last at Wembley on July 11.
“I don’t believe matches will be postponed,” said the 53-year-old Slovenian.
“I think the ‘bubbles’ will be very strict, our health protocol is very strict.
“Even the officials who are vaccinated must be tested before each and every unmarried match.
“We are all very much secure, the players even more, I think it’s relatively secure tournament.
“Of class lesson you never realize whether a case happens, but I’m pretty self-assured that everything will be fine.”
The decision to put back final year used to be the correct one, he believes, for the reason that final year the tournament would have needed to be played in empty stadiums.
“Now we’ve realised, it used to be good to put back because final year we would have had Euro without fans and now a minimum of we have quite a few fans which is essential for the Euro because it is a festival of football.
“I believed from the beginning that the Euro would be on the way this year.”
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