- UEFA threatens to move Euro 2020 final to Hungary this summer
- This will happen until the UK government provides a quarantine exemption
- Ministers are discussing the proposal to exempt 2,500 officers from isolation
- This will enable them to participate in sports, training sessions and government meetings.
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UEFA has threatened to move the Euro 2020 final to Hungary unless the government provides a quarantine waiver for 2,500 VIP officials.
England are to host the semi-finals and final of the tournament at Wembley – the latter on Sunday 11 July.
However, UEFA is said to be discussing its options given the current quarantine restrictions in the UK.
UEFA has said they are ready to change the venue if the host city is under COVID restrictions that could prevent fans, officials and important corporate guests from attending games.
According to many timesUK ministers are now discussing a proposal to exempt UEFA and FIFA officials, politicians, sponsors and broadcasters from self-isolating.
England’s hosting of the Euro 2020 final at Wembley this summer is now in danger
The waiver would boost England’s 2030 World Cup bid as it would allow Boris Johnson (above) to meet senior UEFA figures.
As it stands, a ten-day isolation is required for people arriving from countries that are on the amber or red list – and to make matters worse Each team in the European Championship is currently on the UK Amber List (except Turkey which are on the Red List).
However, the exemption will allow up to 2,500 VIPs to attend the Games at Wembley during the knockout stages.
This will allow them to watch each team’s training sessions and participate in UK government meetings without a period of isolation.
Should ministers decide against the waiver, UEFA will move the Euro 2020 final to Budapest, Hungary as they will have no boarder restrictions within the Schengen area
Should ministers decide against the waiver, UEFA will move the Euro 2020 final to Budapest in Hungary because they will have no border restrictions within the Schengen area until next week.
Budapest will also have the capacity to fill stadiums to their maximum capacity and entertain fans around the world for the final in July.
However, Wembley will have only 50 percent of its 90,000 capacity for the semi-finals and final this summer – regardless of exemptions.
UK ministers are keen to halt the transfer of the Euro 2020 final and are said to be discussing the public health risks associated with relaxing measures.
Quarantine relaxation for VIP guests and officials tops the list of demands
The government is said to be particularly focusing on the Delta and the Indian version of the virus and will look at the impact of the relaxation measures before agreeing to any relaxations.
However, the exemption would boost England’s 2030 World Cup bid as it would allow Boris Johnson to meet senior UEFA figures.
This would provide the Prime Minister with an opportunity to garner the needed support and could potentially see the country land its first international tournament since 1996.
Still, the decision to ease restrictions for Euro 2020 could spark controversy among the British public after restricting their holidays for the past year.