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UEFA denies rumours that it’s planning to hold Euro 2020 in Russia

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The key governing body of European football has insisted that plans are already underway for the tournament to take place in 12 different cities.

In the midst of the on-going restrictions triggered by the coronavirus pandemic, UEFA has rejected preparing to hold Euro 2020 in Russia.

In March, following the Covid-19 outbreak, which has caused over 1.2 million deaths worldwide to date, the European Championship was moved back by a year.

Originally, the 24-team tournament was due to be held in 12 different countries, all set to host matches in Bilbao, Amsterdam, Baku, Bucharest, Budapest, Copenhagen, Dublin, Glasgow, London, Munich, Rome and St Petersburg.

However, rumors of a possible adjustment to that format have arisen this week, with UEFA claiming to be drawing up a plan to stage the competition in Russia, which after successfully staging the 2018 World Cup finals has emerged as the lead candidate to host.

It is suspected that concerns over continent-wide travel restrictions and quarantine laws are behind the drive for change, with many countries expected to stage games currently in lockdown while measures continue to be taken to curb the spread of coronavirus.

UEFA has, however, insisted that there is no consideration of a departure from the pre-ordered Euro 2020 format and that preparations for the tournament to go ahead include inviting supporters back to the stadiums.

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“UEFA ‘s resources are currently focused on arranging a fan tournament at all 12 venues,” a spokesman for UEFA told SID.

The European Championship is scheduled to kick off on June 11, 2021, with Italy and Turkey scheduled to play their first group stage match at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.

The final, meanwhile, is expected to be held on July 11, 2021, at Wembley Stadium in London, as UEFA celebrates the competition’s 60th anniversary.

Back in 2016, Portugal picked up the trophy for the first time in their history, defeating France 1-0 in the showpiece event after extra time.

Alongside the likes of Germany, Italy , Spain, Belgium and England, both sides will be among the favorites to win the competition, with the UEFA Nations League expected to keep all the countries in question occupied until the action begins next year.

With a 1-0 victory over the Netherlands in 2019, Portugal managed to win the inaugural Nations League, and the new campaign will resume when the international break comes into effect next week.

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