The FA has guaranteed UEFA that 22,500 fans will be allowed to attend England’s group games at Wembley Stadium at the delayed European Championship this summer.
As coronavirus restrictions continue to impact our everyday lives, there have been growing concerns over the attendance of fans at the competition which kicks off on 11 June.
The FAI have already been forced to inform UEFA that they’re unable to guarantee spectators will be permitted to attend the fixtures due to be played at Ireland’s Aviva Stadium, casting doubt over their role as co-hosts of the tournament.
However, The Times report that the FA have informed UEFA they can assure them that 22,500 fans (25% of Wembley’s capacity) will be allowed to attend Wembley for the matches scheduled to be played at England’s national stadium, meaning fans will be present for all of England’s three group games.
The FA is yet to disclose their plan for how many fans will be allowed to attend the semi-final and final of the competition, though it’s hoped that the games will be played with at least 50% of the ground’s capacity (45,000) occupied.
England play Croatia on 13 June, Scotland on 18 June and Czech Republic on 22 June, and despite the latter of their fixtures being played after lockdown restrictions are eased even further on 21 June, the planned attendance remains at 22,500.
The SFA have also outlined the plans for their participation in co-hosting the event, with 12,750 fans permitted to attend fixtures at Hampden Park.
Meanwhile, Ireland aren’t the only country who face the prospect of losing their status as co-hosts of Euro 2020, with Spain and Italy the most notable countries yet to provide UEFA with any guarantees over fan attendance this summer.
During the meeting with UEFA, a number of countries suggested the possibility of fans having to provide proof of vaccination prior to attending the events, though no concrete plans have yet been put in place.