UK Manchester United and Man City 'on standby' to host Euro 2020 matches last minute news
MetiNews.Com - Boris Johnson has offered to host more games in the UK should UEFA opt against a multi-country tournament.
Breaking News ! Old Trafford and the Etihad are reportedly two of 10 stadiums on standby to host Euro 2020 games if necessary. Earlier this week, Boris Johnson extended an offer to UEFA to host more Euro 2020 games in England should the coronavirus impact the governing body's plans to play the tournament across Europe. UEFA are set to confirm the schedule for this summer's tournament by April 7, with doubts over the viability of playing it in multiple countries due to the ongoing pandemic. Reports have now claimed that both Manchester United and Man City could be in line to host games should UEFA change tack and opt to host more games in one country. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now As things stand, Wembley is set to stage seven matches in the tournament, including all of England's group games, a last-16 match, both semi-finals and the final. Yet, according to reports in the Sun (via the Mirror) England's already substantial role in the tournament could be expanded should UEFA insist fans are allowed inside venues - something that may not be guaranteed in every host country as things stand. That means Old Trafford and the Etihad are reportedly being kept on standby to host games along with Villa Park, St James' Park, the Stadium of Light, Anfield, the London Stadium, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and the Emirates. Read More Related Articles Crystal Palace vs Man United prediction: Bruno Fernandes backed to score at Selhurst Park Read More Related Articles Fred explains difference between Manchester United home and away performances Whilst the Prime Minister has offered to host more games, the FA have claimed there are currently no plans for additional matches to be played in England. In a statement, the FA said: "UEFA is committed to holding UEFA EURO 2020 across 12 European cities, according to the schedule agreed last summer. There are no other plans being pursued. "The FA's focus remains on delivering the seven games at Wembley inclusive of both semi-finals and the showpiece final and welcome all efforts being made by government to ensure as many fans can attend." UEFA executive committee member Zbigniew Boniek has also shot down the notion of changing tournament plans at the last minute. He said: "The report was pure speculation. There has been no such decision to move it to one country. Read More Related Articles Daniel James says Manchester United teammate deserves to beat him to award Read More Related Articles Four things we noticed in Manchester United training before Crystal Palace fixture "I am on the executive committee at UEFA and every day I talk privately with the people who organise this tournament and I can assure you that this is nonsense. "Apparently, the tournament will be moved entirely to England, a month ago it was Russia.
. "People who say we have to move the tournament have absolutely no idea what they are talking about. It would be a gigantic, complicated thing to do and would cost UEFA big money.
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"The current 12-venue format is the only feasible way to host it." He added: "It's very difficult to say how many fans will be in because UEFA has nothing to do with it. "It all depends on the governments of individual countries. No one really knows how it will be in six weeks' time. Maybe the situation will be better, maybe worse."