Sports all doubts: up to 60,000 fans in Wembley approved
Virus threat, Europe's divisions hang over rescheduled Euros
A tournament intended to unify a continent could underscore divisions and uncertainties gripping Europe. The ambitious plan to spread European Championship games like never before has handed organizer UEFA even greater logistical challenges. Coronavirus curbs remain in place across the 11 cities being used for the 51 games, restricting crowds and movements as European soccer stages the biggest sporting event since the pandemic began 15 months ago. Not only will stadiums be far from full but the absence of visiting fans could diminish the atmosphere at a continent-wide event intended to celebrate six decades of the Euros and already delayed by a year.
Despite great criticism and rising corona numbers, the British government has decided to allow for the two semi-finals and the EM final in Wembley up to 60,000 fans.
The semi-finals and the final in London
The government decided that the Wembley Stadium may receive up to 60,000 spectators for the crucial games. The semi-finals take place on 6 and 7 July, the final on July 11th.
In the group matches, only 22,500 fans are allowed, for the two eighth final matches on Saturday and next Tuesday, up to 45,000 spectators are left in the football temples.
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CEFERIN: "Grand News"
This step is to be interpreted as a concession of the government towards UEFA. Already earlier on Tuesday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson had announced that the country was looking forward to "fantastic" final games at the Euro in London. "These are great news that so many fans can be in the last three games of the EM," commented UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin.
last was speculated in the media, England could lose the decision-making games. The UEFA would probably have to obtain derogations for VIP guests, which should be exempted from the strict corona measures on the island. Otherwise, the games would possibly be relocated, Budapest would be an alternative.
Criticism of Merkel and Co.
The decision is likely to call the critics on the plan. The Delta variant of the Corona virus has last broken the incidences in the United Kingdom. Currently, the incidence is just over 100.
Chancellor Angela Merkel said she was "skeptical", including France's President Emmanuel Macron and Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi argued her. "I am that the finale does not take place in a country where the risk of infection is of course very high," said Draghi - Italy's national team, but completed her second round in London on Saturday (21.00 pm).
ARD defends Wellmer and Schweinsteiger - strong TV quote .
The ARD jumps Jessy Wellmer and Bastian Schweinsteiger to the side, Giorgio Chiellini is already for the quarter-finals, and after all, the German TV quota is right: the EM Splitter on Wednesday. © Imago Images reported live from Wembley on Tuesday: Jessy Wellmer and Bastian Schweinsteiger.