— Published 22 February 2021

Great Britain offers its services

The Euro 2020 football competition makes people envious. After Israel, Great Britain is in turn taking a position to organise the continental tournament on its own, scheduled from June 11th to July 11th, 2021 in 12 European cities. The Sunday Times revealed that Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Oliver Dowden, has suggested to UEFA that the UK stadiums could host audiences before the rest of Europe. He offers to organise more Euro matches, if not the whole tournament. A scenario that would have the merit, according to him, of reducing the financial losses linked to ticketing revenues. Seven Euro 2020 matches are scheduled in the UK, including the England group, the semi-finals and the final at Wembley. In Scotland, Glasgow should normally host four. Euro 2020, postponed last year for 12 months due to the health crisis, is also due to be played in Dublin, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, St. Petersburg, Bilbao, Munich, Budapest, Baku, Rome, and Bucharest. Oddly enough, another member of the UK government, Secretary of State for Health Matt Hancock, told Sky News that he “saw nothing” about such an offer.