Euro 2020 Final: UEFA have warned England to move away Euro 2020 final if the government does not provide quarantine exemption for 2,500 VIP officials. England will host the tournament’s semi-final and final at Wembley. The Euro 2020 final will take place on Sunday, July 11.
According to The Times UK report, UK ministers are now discussing a proposal to exempt UEFA and FIFA officials from having to undergo a 10-day quarantine. According to the current Covid-19 guidelines, a ten-day self-isolation is required for tourists arriving in UK from the countries that are in the amber or red-list. Notably, 23 teams of Euro 2020 are on the amber list, while Turkey is on the red list.
However, the exemption would allow 2,500 VIP’s to attend games at Wembley during the knockout stages. It would allow the officials to watch each team’s training sessions and also attend UK government meeting without undergoing isolation.
England found themselves in a similar situation for the recently concluded Champions League final between Chelse and Manchester City.
UEFA decided to move the game from Istanbul after Turkey was placed on the UK’s red list of countries – meaning travel was only permitted in exceptional circumstances.
England was the front runner to host the final. However, the UEFA, government and Football Association could not come on the same page apropos the exemptions, seeing UK miss out to Porto.
As a result, the Champions League final took place in Portugal with 6,000 fans from each club able to attend.
The England government were disappointed about missing out on the European showcase and will now be eager not to face the same fate.
However, the exemption would boost England’s 2030 World Cup bid as it would allow Boris Johnson to meet senior figures from UEFA.
It would provide the Prime Minister with the opportunity to secure the required backing and could potentially see the country land their first international tournament since 1996.
Nevertheless, the decision to relax restrictions for Euro could cause controversy among the British public after having their holidays restricted for the past year, reported the Times UK.