Euro 2020

Euro 2020 – Foot: Euro 2020 at risk because of coronavirus? – Euro 2020

by: Adam Smith


While coronavirus continues to spread around the world, particularly in Europe, some football competitions are at risk.

In Italy, where the outbreak of coronavirus is the largest on the Old Continent, local authorities have already taken drastic decisions. On Thursday, for example, the Europa League match between Inter Milan and Ludogorets was played behind closed doors. Next weekend, a few Serie A matches will also be played without spectators, including Inter – Juventus. Suffice to say that the time is serious. So serious that the next Euro 2020, which will be played next June and July, could be suspended? Not according to UEFA, the organising body of the event. “The Euro kicks off on 12 June 2020 in Rome. UEFA is in contact with the relevant international and local authorities regarding coronavirus and its development. At this time, there is no need to change anything in the schedule. The situation will remain under constant surveillance until then.”, explains a member of the European confederation on L’Équipe.

For UEFA, the puzzle continues. Held in twelve cities in twelve different countries, the competition, which will celebrate its 60th anniversary, already had a complicated organization. But this coronavirus epidemic “adds to existing difficulties”, knowing that the movements of supporters will be favorable to the spread of the disease. While waiting to see the evolution of this huge health crisis, and with the Euro only starting in three and a half months, UEFA refuses to make a hastily decision. It must be said that the transgaming.orging and financial stakes will be enormous during this Euro 2020. So hard to cancel everything at the moment T…