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Anfield, Emirates and Stamford Bridge to miss out on Euro 2028 but Stadium MK could host games

Ryan Sidle

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Anfield, Emirates and Stamford Bridge to miss out on Euro 2028 but Stadium MK could host games

Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal are set to miss out on hosting games at Euro 2028, if the UK and Ireland bid is successful, but MK Dons could stage games.

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The UK and Ireland are hoping to bring the Euros to these shores in six years time, with Germany set to host the tournament in two years time.

Earlier this year, the bid was originally expected to be an easy one to win, as it looked to be the only one submitted to UEFA, for the extended 32 team tournament.

However, Turkey have since joined the bidding process, meaning the UK and Ireland's bid is far from guaranteed, though Turkey are also bidding for 2032.

Wembley hosted both of the semi finals and final at Euro 2020. Image: Alamy
Wembley hosted both of the semi finals and final at Euro 2020. Image: Alamy

With a bigger tournament coming in six years time fans might have expected to see the games spread around more stadiums but with the bid being alongside Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland, England could be limited to stadiums.

According to the Times, it could be as few as six in England, with Anfield, Stamford Bridge and the Emirates all currently set to miss out.

Liverpool and Chelsea's home grounds are currently ruled out because their pitch dimensions are short of UEFA's regulations for the tournament.

Arsenal look to have missed out to rivals Tottenham on the chosen London venues, with Wembley the other site in the capital alongside the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Leeds United's Elland Road, and others, were reportedly ruled out due to a lack of support from local authorities.

The Emirates looks set to miss out on hosting games. Image: Alamy
The Emirates looks set to miss out on hosting games. Image: Alamy

Whilst some of the biggest clubs in the country are currently set to miss out, League One side MK Dons could still host matches, with Stadium MK on the 10 stadium list.

Wembley, the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, the London Stadium, Villa Park, Stadium MK, Old Trafford, the Etihad, Everton’s planned Bramley Moore Dock ground, Sunderland’s Stadium of Light and Newcastle United’s St James’ Park are the 10 stadia on the list.

It will be whittled down by UEFA, to around six or seven, with the London Stadium, Stadium MK and Manchester City's Etihad expected to miss out.

Outside of England, the Aviva Stadium and Croke Park in Dublin are both expected to host games, whilst Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will also have one stadium each.

Dublin's Aviva Stadium will host games. Image: Alamy
Dublin's Aviva Stadium will host games. Image: Alamy

Scotland's Hampden Park hosted three group games at Euro 2020, including two Scotland games, and the last 16 match between Sweden and Ukraine.

Ireland were supposed to host four games at the Aviva Stadium too but Covid regulations meant that they had to pull out, and their games went elsewhere.

That included England's last 16 game being moved to Wembley, meaning they only played one game, their quarter final vs Ukraine, outside of the country.

The bid for the Euros is not expected to be negatively affected by the scenes at the final, that ended up with England playing a game behind closed doors earlier this year.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: England, Ireland, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal

Ryan Sidle
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