Bilbao will not host the Eurocup. This has been communicated by the European body to the Basque authorities, who have reacted with a harsh statement in which they attack the institution and also against the Spanish Football Federation, which has maneuvered in recent weeks so that La Cartuja, in Seville, to become the Spanish headquarters of the national team tournament. Bilbao could not guarantee the presence of the public, as UEFA claimed, due to the health requirements of the Basque government.
“We will not accept threats”, warn the Bilbao City Council together with the Provincial Council of Bizkaia and the Basque Government. “In Bilbao the Eurocopa 2020 will not be played, but we are not going to allow it to be played with Bilbao and with the Basque institutions”, the joint text assures; “Nor are we going to allow the proven and long experience and capacity of the Basque authorities to manage and organize events of international scope to be questioned.”
The statement states that the Basque institutions signed a contract with UEFA in 2014. “Until today, we have fulfilled it 100%, as has been recognized countless times by UEFA’s own managers. We were prepared to carry out everything necessary for the celebration of Euro2020 at the San Mamés stadium in June, ”the statement continues.
The Basque authorities assure that they will take the pertinent measures, and that the contract with UEFA is already in the hands of the Bilbao Headquarters legal services for study and evaluation. They assure from the local organizers that UEFA has not given a convincing explanation when it comes to removing the venue, although it has already communicated that it would only accept venues that could guarantee at least 25% of the audience in its stadiums.
Like Bilbao, Munich and Dublin were also in the air in the absence of UEFA’s approval. Meanwhile, nine host cities have confirmed the attendance of fans at their stadiums: Amsterdam, Baku, Bucharest, Budapest, Copenhagen, Glasgow, London, Rome and Saint Petersburg.
Saint Petersburg and Baku have confirmed up to 50% of the public at their venues. Budapest even wants to allow 100% capacity, but with strict requirements for spectators to enter the stadium.