Glasgow and Dublin are at risk of being dropped from the list of host cities for Euro 2020 due to the strict Covid-19 regulations in the two countries.
The cities are two of 12 locations being used for this summer’s rescheduled European Championships, alongside Amsterdam, Baku, Bilbao, Bucharest, Budapest, Copenhagen, London, Munich, Rome and St Petersburg.
Glasgow’s Hampden Park and Dublin’s Aviva Stadium are each supposed to host four games during the tournament: three group stage fixtures and one last 16 tie.
However, according to BBC Sport, the pair are at risk of being cut from the pool of host cities as they are yet to provide assurances that supporters will be permitted back in stadiums in time for the tournament’s June start date.
The tournament kicks off on 11 June at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, and Uefa wants each host nation to submit their plans – including detailing the return of fans – by 7 April.
Despite domestic games across Europe all currently being played behind closed doors as a result of the pandemic, Uefa are keen to ensure that stadiums at the European Championships are 25% full.
Both the Irish and Scottish governments are taking a stricter approach to Covid-19 than the other Euro 2020 host nations. The Irish government’s restrictions on supporters will remain in place until 5 April.
The British government have pencilled in up to 10,000 spectators returning to stadiums in England in mid-May, and unlimited numbers from 21 June. However, this does not apply to stadiums in Scotland.
London’s Wembley Stadium is due to host seven matches at the tournament, including the semi finals and finals. Prime Minister Boris Johnson had offered to host the whole thing, but logistically this appears unlikely. However, the capital could be trusted with more games if current host cities can no longer host their scheduled fixtures.
According to the Daily Mail, Bilbao is also at risk of being dropped from the list of host cities due to similar concerns to that of Glasgow and Dublin.