The UEFA president has said he does not believe the matches will be postponed until the next Euro 2020.© UKTN
UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin told UKTN on Friday that the teams would have to face “a special situation” to complete Euro 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. “It is not the usual euro because it is in 11 countries and in addition there is a pandemic which makes travel even more difficult,” Ceferin said in Rome. “So each team will have to adapt to a particular situation to finish this Euro.” A year after being postponed due to the pandemic, the 24-team tournament at 11 venues across Europe kicks off on Friday with Italy facing Turkey in front of around 16,000 fans in a Stadio Olimpico about a quarter full. of its capacity.
Despite positive Covid-19 tests for players from the Spain, Sweden and Russia teams in the days leading up to kick-off, Ceferin remains confident the competition will continue uninterrupted until the final at Wembley on the 11th. July.
“I don’t think the matches will be postponed,” said the 53-year-old Slovenian.
“I think the ‘bubbles’ will be very strict, our sanitary protocol is very strict.
“Even officials who are vaccinated should be tested before every game.
“We’re all very protected, the players even more so, I think it’s a pretty safe tournament.
“Of course, you never know if a case occurs, but I’m pretty confident that everything will be fine.”
The decision to postpone last year was the right one, he believes, given that last year the tournament should have been played in empty stadiums.
“Now we realized that it was good to postpone because last year we would have had the Euro without fans and now at least we have a certain number of fans which is very important for the Euro because it’s a football party.
“I believed from the start that the euro would be on the way this year.”
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