— Published 1 April 2021

UEFA withdraws its gauge

It is done. As expected since the start of the week, UEFA has decided to withdraw the principle of a 30% stadium occupancy gauge for the Football Euro (11 June to 11 July 2021). It was decided last October to face the risks of the spread of COVID-19. “Given the fact that the 55 member associations of UEFA each face a different situation in the management of the pandemic, such a limitation is no longer required“, explained the continental body in a statement, following a meeting of its Executive Committee. With this decision, UEFA therefore grants the twelve host cities of the Euro the freedom to fill their enclosures as they wish, while respecting the measures taken in each of the countries. Their hosting plans must be presented to UEFA no later than April 7th, the body reserving the right to revoke them, if necessary, at its executive committee scheduled for April 19th. With just over two months to go, the situation remains very variable from one city to another. Russia and England have announced their intention to fill stadiums beyond the 30% mark in St. Petersburg and London (Wembley), respectively. Romania is considering a 25% audience limit at the Arena Națională in Bucharest. Denmark, meanwhile, plans to host at least 11 000 spectators per game in Copenhagen.