The UEFA president said he does not believe matches in the upcoming Euro 2020 will be postponed.© AFP
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin told AFP on Friday that teams would have to deal with a “special situation” to complete Euro 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. “It is not the usual euro because in 11 countries and above it there is a pandemic that makes it more difficult to travel,” Ceferin said in Rome. “So each team will have to adapt to a special situation to end this Euro.” After a year postponed due to the pandemic, the 24-team tournament kicks off in 11 venues across Europe on Friday with Italy facing Turkey in front of an estimated 16,000 fans in the Olympic stadium filled to about a quarter of capacity.
Despite positive Covid-19 tests for players on Spain, Sweden and Russia teams in the days leading up to kick-off, Ceferin remains confident that the competition will continue uninterrupted until the final at Wembley on July 11.
“I don’t think the matches will be postponed,” said the 53-year-old Slovenian.
“I think ‘bubbles’ will be very strict, our health protocol is very strict.
“Even officials who have been vaccinated have to be tested before every game.
“We are all very protected, the players are more, and I think it’s a completely safe tournament.
“Of course you never know if there is an issue, but I am absolutely confident that everything will be fine.
He believes the decision to postpone last year was the right one, given that last year the tournament had to be held in empty stadiums.
“Now we realize that it was good to postpone because last year we had Euros without fans and now at least we have a number of fans which is very important for the Euro because it is a football festival.
“I thought from the start that the euro would be on the way this year.”
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