Euro 2020: Cancelled by Coronavirus?

As of 10th March there are 94 days to go until the start of the UEFA European Championships, Euro 2020. On Friday 12 June, the first game is scheduled to kick off at 8pm GMT, seeing Italy take on Turkey at Rome’s Stadio Olimpico. The tournament is being played across 12 countries with the semi-finals and final taking place at Wembley stadium in England.

Will Euro 2020 go ahead?

At this stage it is unclear if Euro 2020 will go ahead as planned. UEFA will make a decision based on how the spread of coronavirus continues across Europe. Health authorities are learning more about the virus each day but the novelty of Covid-19 makes it hard to predict how the outbreak will pan out over the coming months.

At present UEFA remains positive:

EURO 2020 will kick off on 12th June 2020 in Rome. For the moment, there is no need to change anything in the planned timetable. The issue will be kept under constant scrutiny,”

A worst case scenario would see UEFA cancelling the tournament completely, arising if authorities across Europe could not contain the spread of Covid-19.

Postponement of the Euros could be an option to UEFA, delaying the tournament until summer 2021, although this would come with a host of logistical issues for the tournament organisers.

At this stage a feasible scenario is that Euro 2020 will go ahead as planned but with restrictions. Some matches may have to be played behind closed doors, as has already been seen in countries affected by Covid-19.

The Euro 2020 play-off matches are due to go ahead at the end of March. 16 nations are competing for the final four qualifying spots for Euro 2020. The handling of these play-off matches will give a good indicator of the likelihood of the main Euro 2020 tournament going ahead.

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