UEFA reiterate plans to host Euro 2020 in its current format

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UEFA has reiterated its plans to host Euro 2020 in its current format, with host cities across Europe.

Newspaper reports on Saturday claimed that the governing body is in talks with the FA to potentially host the whole tournament in the UK.

But a UEFA spokesman told Sky Sports News: “UEFA intends to hold Euro 2020 in the format and the venues confirmed earlier this year and we are working closely with all host cities on preparations.

“Given the uncertainties surrounding Covid – over which neither UEFA nor the local organising bodies have control – it is currently too early to say whether those games in June and July will have restrictions either on fans or even their staging.

“UEFA’s efforts are currently focused on planning for a tournament in all 12 venues with fans.

“Decisions that run counter to that plan could be made much nearer the time if necessary but there are presently no plans to change any venue.”

There has been no comment from the FA on the issue, but it’s understood there have been no formal discussions on the idea of the UK becoming a solo-host of next summer’s Euros.

UEFA is in regular contact with all the scheduled host countries for the tournament, but it is still absolutely committed to a multi-national event – if the circumstances of the pandemic allow.

Officials at both the FA and UEFA feel discussions over contingency plans are irrelevant at this stage, with so many unpredictable circumstances, and international health regulations likely to change significantly over the next seven months.