Ireland acknowledged on Wednesday not knowing if the anti-covid measures will allow it to receive spectators in Dublin, one of the 12 venues of the European Championship (June 11-July 11), a condition imposed by UEFA to host matches.
“The FAI (Irish Football Federation), following the advice and recommendations offered by the government, has informed UEFA that due to the covid pandemic, it is not in a position at this time to ensure the presence of a minimum number of spectators. in the Eurocup, “the organization wrote in a statement.
The Aviva Stadium in Dublin had to host three matches of group E, that of Spain (which will play its matches in Bilbao): Poland-Slovakia on June 14, Sweden-Slovakia on June 18 and Sweden-Poland on 23, as well as a cross eighths.
Since the end of 2020, Ireland has been in its third lockdown and must begin to loosen the rules very progressively from Monday.
But the experience of the previous lack of refinement, a bit hasty, had caused an increase in cases, pushing the government to now anticipate several months before returning to normality.
In March, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Britain is ready to host matches at Wembley – including the final and semi-finals – and in Glasgow.
The number of people infected with covid-19 and the number of deaths has fallen dramatically in the United Kingdom due to a rapid and massive vaccination campaign.
According to the national press, the English Federation (FA) wants Wembley to be able to host half of its maximum capacity (45,000) spectators in the semi-finals, but Johnson aims for the final to be played in a packed stadium.