FA ‘to tell UEFA they want 45,000 fans at Wembley for knockout stages of Euro 2020’ in huge boost for return of large-scale crowds this summer… and number ‘could increase’ should UK’s vaccine rollout programme continue to be a success
- The FA are set for showdown talks with UEFA about fan capacity at Euro 2020
- They want 45,000 fans at Wembley for the knockout stages of the tournament
- It comes as a result of the success of UK’s ongoing vaccine rollout programme
- And the FA reportedly want 60,000 fans at Wembley if the rollout continues
The FA will reportedly tell UEFA that they want 45,000 spectators inside Wembley for the latter stages of Euro 2020 this summer.
And that number could increase to as much as 60,000 fans should the UK’s vaccine rollout programme continue to be a success, according to The Sun.
UEFA has previously asked the 12 host cities to let them know by early April whether or not fans would be allowed to attend games in their stadiums.
Cities such as Dublin, Glasgow and Bilbao face being cut as hosts over the lack of guarantees fans that could be allowed into stadiums by June.
The FA ‘will tell UEFA that they want 45,000 fans at Wembley for the latter stages of Euro 2020’
The Football Association are confident they can fill up to two thirds of national stadium
Although Britain has had Europe’s deadliest outbreak, its vaccination programme is the fastest in Europe and continues to be a roaring success since it started in December, which has seen more than 30 million people in the UK receive their first dose of the Covid-19 jab between December 8 and March 27 – around 57 per cent of all UK adults.
As a result, the FA are hugely confident that they will be able to safely fill up to two thirds of Wembley’s 90,000 capacity for this summer’s showpiece.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has offered to host the entirety of the tournament in England, but Sportsmail understands there is no chance of that happening due to the logistical problems it would create.
UEFA are keen to see the return of fans for all Euro 2020 games across Europe this summer
The British government has plans for up to 10,000 fans to return to stadiums from May but more seats could be filled within weeks, dependent on trials of coronavirus testing for fans and plans to lift many social contact restrictions from June 21.
The rollout programme’s success has also seen hopes for fans to be able to attend the FA Cup semi-final matches at the national stadium next month.
The semi-final matches of football’s oldest cup competition are reported to have been added to a list of events to pilot the return of large-scale crowds at sporting events before this summer’s Euros.
The semi-finals join the FA Cup final itself and the World Snooker Championship in Sheffield on the schedule.
The FA’s confidence to welcome back large-scale crowds comes as a result of the ongoing success of UK’s vaccine rollout programme
THE NEW LIMITS FROM MAY 17
From May 17, indoor venues will be allowed to admit up to a maximum of 1,000 spectators, or half their capacity if that figure is lower.
For outdoor events, there will be a maximum of 4,000 fans allowed, or half a venue’s capacity (whichever figure is lower).
However, at the biggest stadiums, such as Wembley, a maximum of 10,000 fans will be allowed, or a quarter of capacity (whichever figure is lower).
However, at the biggest stadiums, with a capacity above 16,000, such as Wembley and Premier League football grounds, a maximum of 10,000 fans will be allowed, or a quarter of capacity (whichever figure is lower).
Last week culture secretary Oliver Dowden said more pilot events would be announced later this week.
The Government is seeking confirmation from that the next stage of the planned easing of restrictions on 12 April is on track.
According to the Telegraph, senior figures expect the vast majority of attendees on May 15 to come from within a regional postcode to mitigate ‘unnecessary’ travel a month before Covid-19 restrictions are fully eased.
As recently reported by Sportsmail, Whitehall sources stress that fans will not be put at risk, with test events across sports and the arts starting small and the data examined at every stage as the numbers ramp up.
The trials will use an adapted version of the NHS app, which will certify if a person has been vaccinated or tested negative.
The app can then be used to analyse any incidence of the disease or spread of Covid infections resulting from the event.
They will also trial rapid lateral-flow tests and potentially, home-testing kits.
The provision for test events is included in the government’s roadmap to lifting lockdown measures and they will be crucial to enabling high-profile events, like Euro 2020, to accommodate large crowds.