Question mark behind Munich: EM cities must guarantee spectators

According to the latest announcement by UEFA, there are big question marks behind the hosting of European Championship games in Munich. “Every host has to guarantee that fans are allowed to go to the games,” said UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin to the Croatian media: “We have several scenarios. But the option of some European Championship game without fans is definitely off the table.”

Munich threatens the end of the EURO: According to the latest announcement by the European Football Union (UEFA), there are big question marks about the hosting of European Championship games in the Bavarian metropolis. “Every host has to guarantee that fans are allowed to go to the games,” said UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin to the Croatian media: “We have several scenarios. But the option of some European Championship game being played without fans is definitely off the table.”

On a request from kicker UEFA confirmed that the twelve host cities (Munich, Amsterdam, Baku, Bilbao, Budapest, Bucharest, Dublin, Glasgow, Copenhagen, Rome, St. Petersburg and London) still have to explain their scenarios by April 7th. However, no city will be categorically excluded if it has to play without spectators, according to UEFA. However, it must be decided whether it might not “make more sense” to move the games to other locations. The decision on the format of the final round (June 11 to July 11), which is to be played as a pan-European tournament for the first time, will probably be made at the UEFA Congress on April 20 at the earliest.

“The ideal variant is to play in all twelve countries. But it is possible that the tournament will be played in ten or eleven countries if some countries do not meet the requirements,” said Ceferin about the European Championship, which will take place on March 17, 2020 had been postponed by one year due to the corona pandemic.

Recently, there has been repeated speculation in various media about which cities could be deleted. It was mostly about Baku, Dublin, Bilbao and Glasgow. In addition, there are rumors that a large part of the games will take place in Great Britain. This assumption is obvious because the vaccinations are already well advanced on the island – which could enable spectators in the stadiums.

According to Ceferin statements: Lord Mayor Dieter Reiter reacts

The mayor of Munich, Dieter Reiter, was correspondingly irritated by the statements made by Ceferin: “At this point in time, it is simply not possible to make a statement as to whether the coronavirus pandemic infection will allow spectators to be admitted in June or not that events of this kind with spectators are not allowed according to the current regulations “, the SPD politician announced on Wednesday:” Especially at this time, I would like the people in charge at UEFA to seek direct exchange with the host cities to work out a solution together. “

In order to meet the requirements of UEFA, a special regulation on the part of politics would be needed. In view of the steadily increasing number of cases and far more pressing problems, it is doubtful whether such an “extra sausage” would find acceptance in the population. What Dagmar Freitag thinks of the UEFA conditions, the chairwoman of the sports committee of the German Bundestag made clear with her comment on Twitter: “Without words. Parallel world of professional football.”

In view of the time pressure, the topic would have to be discussed at the federal-state consultations on Monday – the item “events” is on the agenda after all. Nevertheless, a final round with spectators across the continent currently seems unthinkable, as travel is viewed by all experts as the driver of the pandemic. The restrictions currently in force in many countries would make it largely impossible for fans to cross borders anyway.

The German Football Association (DFB) told SID that it would continue to work on all scenarios. “In the interests of the fans, we would like to fulfill the vision that spectators can also attend the EURO 2020 games in Munich under the applicable provisions,” it said in a statement. The association left it open as to whether this is feasible: “In the ongoing discussions with UEFA and our partners in Munich, we will continue to discuss whether and how these goals can be implemented until April.”

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