Euro 2020 final at Wembley under threat unless quarantine is waived for VIPs

Euro 2020 final at Wembley under threat unless quarantine is waived for VIPs
Euro 2020 final at Wembley under threat unless quarantine is waived for VIPs
The Euro 2020 final could be moved from Wembley (Getty)

UEFA is considering moving the Euro 2020 final from Wembley to Hungary unless thousands of VIPs are made exempt from observing quarantine restrictions in the UK.

A 10-day isolation is currently required for anyone arriving from countries that are on the government’s amber or red list.

Every nation competing at Euro 2020 is currently on the amber list apart from Turkey, which is on the red list.

According to The Times, the government is now discussing plans which would allow around 2,500 UEFA and FIFA officials, politicians and sponsors to avoid the 10-day quarantine period when they arrive in England.

The report claims that ministers are ‘concerned’ that if restrictions are not relaxed both semi-final fixtures as well as the final, which are all due to be held at Wembley, will be moved to the Puskas Arena in Budapest.

It’s also claimed that ministers are aware that removing restrictions for VIPs at Euro 2020 could cause backlash from the public as many people have been forced to scrap plans to holiday abroad due to the quarantine protocol currently in place.

Hungary's Puskas Arena can hold maximum capacity for every Euro 2020 fixture
Hungary’s Puskas Arena can hold maximum capacity for every Euro 2020 fixture (Pool via Reuters)

The government is said to be examining the potential risk and the likelihood that a spike in cases could be triggered if the restrictions are relaxed for certain people.

Wembley, which can hold 90,000 supporters, will be at 50 per cent capacity for the semi-finals and final.

But Hungary is allowing full capacity at its stadiums and the 67,000-seater Puskas Arena was packed out for their Euro 2020 opener against Portugal on Tuesday.

The Puskas Arena is due to host Hungary’s second group game against France on Saturday, as well as Portugal’s Group F fixture against France, and a round-of-16 match on June 27.

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