November 3 – UEFA is considering Russia as the sole host for Euro 2020 according to French newspaper Le Parisien. The governing body have not confirmed the report.
The European Championships were set to take place in 12 cities across 12 different countries back in June and July, but because of the Covid-19 pandemic the tournament was postponed for a year.
As Europe continues to struggle to combat and contain the virus, the scenario of a pan-European tournament with 24 teams, hundreds of thousands of fans and the media traveling to attend matches seems increasingly unpalatable.
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has previously admitted that the governing body is weighing up different scenarios, including a tournament behind closed doors or a finals staged in a single nation and on Monday Le Parisien reported that the Nyon-based body is considering to stage next summer’s tournament in Russia, the host of the 2018 World Cup finals.
“From corroborating sources, one scenario in particular is being studied seriously: that of Russia,” reported Le Parisien.
Russia has since confirmed more than 1.65 million coronavirus cases and 28,500 deaths to date, with the country experience more than 10,000 new infections per day since early October.
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