UEFA has declared its plans to hold the Euro 2020 semifinals and final at Wembley Stadium, despite Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi calling for the final to be moved from Britain due to rising COVID-19 cases.
According to reports from England, the United Kingdom recorded 10,633 new cases of COVID-19 and five deaths on Monday, taking its toll to 4.63 million confirmed cases and 127,976 total deaths.
On Friday UEFA revealed that unless the UK agreed to exempt travelling foreign fans from 10-day quarantine rules, it had a contingency plan to take the final away from Wembley.
“UEFA, the English FA and the English authorities are working closely together successfully to stage the semi-finals and final of EURO in Wembley and there are no plans to change the venue for those games,” a UEFA spokesperson said in an emailed statement on Tuesday.
Wembley is scheduled to host the semi-finals on July 6 and 7 where as the final on July 11.
Italian PM Draghi said on Monday that he was in favour of hosting the final in Rome, rather than in “a country where infections are rising quickly”.
Sources in England reported on Friday that if Wembley is not able to accept travelling supporters, Budapest is the alternative venue being considered.