March 19 – Munich mayor Dieter Reiter has cast a shadow over the Allianz Arena welcoming fans at Euro 2020 this summer.
As it stands, Munich is one of 12 host cities for the European Championship and is due to host Germany’s national team matches at the finals. But while UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said earlier this week that all host cities must guarantee fans in the stadiums, Reiter implied that he can’t give guarantees at this stage, with the coronavirus pandemic still raging across Germany.
“At this point in time, it is simply not possible to make a statement about whether the corona pandemic infection will allow spectators to be admitted in June or not. It is clear, however, that events of this kind with spectators are not permitted under the current regulations,” said Reiter in an interview with Der Spiegel.
The European governing body has said however that host cities would not be automatically excluded if they can’t guarantee fans in the stands. Next month, UEFA will take a final decision on the viability of staging the competition in all 12 host cities as planned originally.
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