EU headquarters concerned about the Euro 2020 games in London


Italy's Federico Chiesa (left) celebrates with his teammates after scoring his team's first goal during the 16th match of the 2020 European Football Championship between Italy and Austria at Wembley Stadium in London on Saturday 26th swimming pool)

Italy’s Federico Chiesa (left) celebrates with his teammates after scoring his team’s first goal during the 16th match of the 2020 European Football Championship between Italy and Austria at Wembley Stadium in London on Saturday 26th swimming pool)

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EU headquarters warned the EM organizers on Monday to be particularly vigilant when the semi-finals and the final in London were held in view of the increase in the highly contagious Delta variant of the corona virus.

The Euro 2020 tournament takes place across the continent, but the last three games will all be played at Wembley Stadium.

“I would like to share with you my doubts about the possibility of organizing the final or the semifinals at Wembley Stadium in a full stadium,” said EU Commission Vice-President Margaritis Schinas to the legislature of the European Union.

At least three of the four semi-finalists will bring fans from across the Channel, with England being the only British team with a chance to go that far.

“As the United Kingdom restricts its citizens’ movements in the European Union, there must be a certain degree of symmetry, a certain degree of proportionality in such decisions,” said Schinas. “So I think UEFA would do well to carefully analyze their decision.”

Schinas informed the legislators that scientific projections of the EU showed that by the beginning of August 70% of the new infections in Europe were due to the Delta variant and by the end of August 90% of the new infections were expected.

“There is clearly a very worrying trend,” said Schinas, “something that is forcing us to remain very vigilant.”


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