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New venues for EM 2021?

According to the Russian representation, there could be new venues for the 2021 European Football Championship postponed due to the Corona crisis. “Should any city fail, there are only a few options left,” said Alexei Sorokin of the Russian organization team of the Tass agency on Thursday.

Either new venues would be selected or games would be distributed to the other cities. “The second option is less time-consuming,” said Sorokin, who is also a member of the Executive Committee of the European Football Union Uefa.

According to Sorokin, a decision should be made in late April. “On April 30th everything will be clear when we know which of the host cities will continue to organize the EM games and which ones to withdraw from.”

The European Championship, which was originally supposed to be played from June 12 to July 12, was moved to summer 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the first European Championship in 1960, the tournament was to be held as a pan-Europe event in twelve countries. In addition to Munich, Rome, Baku, St. Petersburg, Copenhagen, London, Glasgow, Amsterdam, Bucharest, Bilbao, Dublin and Budapest are planned as hosts. However, some venues may not be able to meet their obligations due to the Corona series.

A withdrawal is not an issue for Russia so far. In St. Petersburg, three group games and a quarter-finals are planned for the time being. “Russia is ready to talk about possible support (for other countries),” said Sorokin.

Russia had already discussed the proposal to host the European Championship as the sole substitute host before the postponement. The country has experience with such major events: Russia hosted the World Cup in summer 2018. (dpa)

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