Reports Say Russia Is In The Frame To Host Delayed Euro 2020 Outright
Russia are reportedly in the frame to host the delayed Euro 2020 outright rather than the original plan of the tournament being held across 12 cities.
The Championships were due to take place in the summer but were postponed for a year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The tournament was to be the first to take place in various cities throughout Europe.
Amsterdam, Baku, Bilbao, Bucharest, Budapest, Copenhagen, Dublin, Glasgow, London, Munich, Rome and St Petersburg were the 12 nations to host matches.
But, according to Le Parisien, a back-up plan is being drawn up to move the competition solely to Russia due to continued concerns on the rate of Covid-19 infection and mass travel restrictions.
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Russia's successful hosting of the 2018 World Cup is believed to have made the country an ideal candidate for holding the Euros at relatively short notice from June 11 to July 11, 2021.
Russia supposedly even suggested they could host the tournament on their original dates last summer, highlighting its low rate of infections from the virus.
The country's borders have been closed since March 18, but exceptions have been issued to sports teams.
Another option of holding the competition in Azerbaijan has fallen through due to their ongoing conflict with Armenia.
UEFA officially confirmed the tournament would be postponed back in March, stating: "The health of all those involved in the game is the priority, as well as to avoid placing any unnecessary pressure on national public services involved in staging matches."
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