UEFA has confirmed that fans in the United Kingdom can only attend Euro 2020 games at Wembley Stadium with proof of a second COVID-19 vaccine does more than two weeks before the match. The announcement offers an alternative to the existing requirement of a negative COVID-19 test. Meanwhile, other ticket holders from elsewhere must still show evidence of a negative Lateral Flow Test (LFT) taken within 48 hours before gates open. The fans must be aged 11 or older.
England kick-starts their campaign against Croatia in the Group D opener on Sunday before they face Scotland on June 18 and the Czech Republic on June 22, with Wembley holding 22,500 fans for the group stage games. UEFA has confirmed only 25% of the stadiums total capacity can be filled for games in Euro 2020.
Euros 2020 is set to be held in 12 cities across 12 UEFA countries. The tournament was originally scheduled to take place from 12 June to 12 July 2020, but due to the outbreak of COVID-19, the tournament was rescheduled to 2021. UEFA had to drop few venues for Euro 2020 due to COVID restriction. Other stadiums were handed more games after UEFA made a final decision on venues at the end of April.
In May 2021, UEFA announced that teams will be allowed to select a 26-player squad instead of the usual 23 for Euros 2020. The change has been implemented to lessen the load on players after a hectic club season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This change will also help managers adapt if there is an outbreak of COVID in the squad during the tournament.
The opening match is set to take place at Stadio Olimpico in Rome between hosts Italy and Turkey on Friday. Meanwhile, defending champions Portugal are going to play against Hungary on June 15. Portugal is involved in a Group of death with France and Germany. However, finishing third in such a group still gives a chance to go through to the next knockout round.
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