Rescheduled Euro 2020 may not go ahead as planned this summer

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Julian Knight, the chair of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee has cast doubt on whether the existing plan for this summer’s delayed Euro 2020 finals could be executed.

He said: “I am beginning to wonder whether the likes of the summer’s rescheduled Euro tournament will be open to go ahead as planned across 12 countries.”

The semi-finals and final are due to be played at Wembley, with matches also set to take place in Amsterdam, Baku, Bilbao, Bucharest, Budapest, Copenhagen, Dublin, Glasgow, Munich, Rome and St Petersburg.

UEFA delayed its showpiece event in March last year to allow domestic leagues to finish during the summer.

The tournament was to run from June 11-July 11, with the semi-finals and final due to be played at Wembley.

But doubts persist over the practicalities of staging the competition across 12 host nations amid a global pandemic.

While UEFA considers that issue, England, Scotland – having qualified for a first major tournament since 1998 – and Wales can prepare to join the 24-team party.

The tournament will still be called Euro 2020, Portugal are the holders, and a Wembley group date for England and Scotland on June 18 adds extra spice.

At the same time the Premier League has been joined in reminding clubs about the need to follow protocols by the Football Association and the EFL.

The latter organisation’s chief executive, Trevor Birch, warned its clubs they were “under the microscope” as never before after professional sport was given Government go-ahead to continue despite many other areas of life being placed under heavy restrictions in a new national lockdown.

Knight said a decision on whether elite sport could continue was “a matter for governing bodies and the health experts”.

Footballers who have continued to hug and kiss when celebrating goals despite a worsening in the coronavirus crisis have been “brainless”, according to the chair of the key parliamentary sports committee.

Manchester City and Fulham players crowded together after scoring in their respective matches on Wednesday night, in spite of reminders from the Premier League to strictly observe protocols on the avoidance of unnecessary contact.

City boss Pep Guardiola defended his players, saying: “Sometimes the brain is a sub-conscious one and you are just there in the moment, you are not thinking.”

Julian Knight told the PA news agency: “Some of the scenes we have seen have been brainless and give out an awful message.”



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