UEFA is in talks with the UK government about easing coronavirus quarantine restrictions that would allow foreign viewers to play the Euro 2020 knockout games in the UK
UEFA is in dialogue with the UK government to ease coronavirus quarantine restrictions for foreign fans for the Euro 2020 knockout phase.
The UK has the strictest entry requirements of any host country, so visitors from countries on the Amber List must be quarantined for 10 days upon arrival.
Travel between the other host countries – especially other EU countries – is largely possible if a recent negative PCR test is found.
Foreign fans could take part in the Euro 2020 knockout games in the UK if restrictions are relaxed
Wembley will host the semi-finals and the final along with two round of 16 games, and Euro 2020 tournament director Martin Kallen said talks are currently underway so that these key games can be attended by foreign viewers without a long quarantine period.
He told the PA news agency: “We are in a dialogue with the government, we are examining what is possible.
“The Prime Minister and the UK Government said June 21 would be the day when, in principle, everything should be back to normal. And when things get back to normal, what do the rules say for foreigners not coming to the UK on business?
“We are in a dialogue and hope that we can achieve something if the situation allows that something could happen on this side.
Euro 2020 tournament director Martin Kallen hopes Prime Minister Boris Johnson will allow foreign fans to take part in knockout matches
“Other countries are more flexible, they expect the negative PCR test, which takes 72 hours or 48 hours (before arrival), and they come and go, with the exception of countries that they have redlisted in their country.
“We’re looking at how the situation is developing and what could be achieved.”
The government pledged to decide on June 14 whether the final step in easing restrictions can be taken the following week.
The greater portability of the Delta variant of Covid-19 – which was first discovered in India – is one factor that could force a delay in its full reopening as ministers and health officials monitor whether the recent surge in cases translates into increased hospital admissions and deaths .
The government issued updated travel advice on Thursday, moving Portugal from the green list – which does not require quarantine on return – to the yellow list among countries.
The next review of the lists is due on June 28th.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson offered to host the entire tournament earlier this year, but Kallen pointed out that UK travel restrictions would have made UEFA “less affluent” in terms of attendance if the offer had been accepted would.
Kallen admitted that UEFA had been considering offers from England and Russia to host the tournament.
“(Moving to a single host country) was always on the agenda, but more on the theoretical side,” he said.
“It was discussed at the end of last year. It was a plan B – we had plan B, plan C. Of course we had to, because at the end of last year the situation with the virus was much, much worse than it is now. “
Wembley will host the semi-finals and the final of the tournament along with two round of 16 games
Kallen said he feels that 50 percent capacity is most likely for the semifinals and finals at Wembley.
“In order to achieve 100 percent, I cannot tell you today whether this is possible,” he said.
“We will see on June 21st, there are still two and a half weeks (from then) until we have the final, whether the situation allows us to reopen and say what the UK government has put on the roadmap.” we’re back to normal, ‘when we get there the government may say that we can achieve up to 100 percent.
“The main criterion is not the stadium, but the local public transport, because the distance between people cannot be maintained.
‘The London Underground is not yet at full capacity and that will be the main question of how quickly it can reach 100 percent capacity. One possible scenario is 50 percent. ‘