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Euro 2020 Could Be Moved to UK as Britain Offer to Host Entire Tournament with Plans in Place to Welcome Fans Back

By Amreen
Britain is reportedly willing to host the entire Euro 2020 tournament
Britain is reportedly willing to host the entire Euro 2020 tournament / Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images

The UK is reportedly offering to host the entire Euro 2020 tournament this summer as the Government has plans to allow more than 4000 fans back to stadiums.

Wembley is already set to host the semi-final and final on July 11, with the rest of the competition currently scheduled to be held around Europe. But according to The Times, cultural secretary Oliver Dowden has informed UEFA about the progress made on vaccinations, meaning the UK can have fans returning to stadiums before most of Europe.

The report also claims that "government sources have said they would respond positively if UEFA asks them to take on more games." Fans returned to stadiums in November 2020 for clubs that were in Tier 1 or 2 of the UK Government's coronavirus regulations. But all games returned to being played behind closed doors after the country went into another lockdown in December.

Earlier this week, Premier League chief Richard Masters expressed his confidence that top-flight clubs in the UK were ready to welcome fans back before the current season ends. Speaking at Thursday's Financial Times' Business of Football summit, Masters said: "We are getting used to watching live football on television without fans in the stadiums and I don't want to get used to it for much longer.

"Hopefully we will see an end to that and a return of supporters as soon as possible. I am confident (fans will return next season). We haven't lost hope we might see a few back this season."

The Daily Mail also claimed that the FA Cup and Carabao Cup finals are reportedly being lined up as 'test events' for bringing fans back into the stadia in April and May respectively.