UEFA: St Petersburg’s Russia to host three more European Cup matches this summer – sport
MOSCOW, April 23 / TASS /. The Russian city of St. Petersburg will host three more UEFA European Cup matches this summer after Ireland withdraws from Dublin from hosting European Football Championship matches, the service said. press release of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) in a statement. statement Friday.
“The three Group E matches initially scheduled for Dublin will be reallocated to the St Petersburg stadium, which is already hosting three Group B matches and a quarter-final,” the European football governing body said in a statement.
“The round of 16 game originally scheduled for Dublin will be moved to Wembley Stadium in London,” the statement added.
St. Petersburg was initially granted the right to host three group stage matches and one of the 2020 UEFA European Cup quarter-finals and with Dublin’s withdrawal and today’s decision Today by UEFA, the stadium in Russia’s second-largest city is now set to host seven matches of the highly anticipated European football championship.
Spaniard Bilbao, who was also among European hosts for the upcoming European Football Championship, announced on Wednesday his decision not to host the matches as part of municipal efforts against COVID-19.
“The four matches initially scheduled for Bilbao will be moved to Estadio La Cartuja in Seville,” the UEFA statement read. “Following the decision of the local authorities, it was clear that the supporters were very unlikely to be able to attend the matches which were to be played there.
“Therefore, with the help of the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), UEFA has offered to move these matches to another location in this host country, simply to allow supporters to attend the matches after one year. without being able to watch live football. stadiums, ”the statement said.
Commenting on the decision to move matches to other venues, UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin said: “We have worked diligently with host associations and local authorities to ensure a safe and festive environment at matches and I’m really happy that we were able to welcome spectators to all matches for a celebration of national team football across the continent. “
“UEFA would like to express its gratitude and gratitude to the cities of Bilbao and Dublin – both of which are considered good venues for hosting future UEFA events – to the national and regional governments of Spain and the Republic of Ireland, as well as to all local stakeholders for their dedication, professionalism and efforts over the past years, ”said Ceferin.
“UEFA would also like to thank the Irish Football Association and its dedicated staff for their excellent collaboration and hard work, and looks forward to continuing to work with the remaining eleven host associations to organize the matches of UEFA EURO 2020” , added the UEFA president. .
On March 17, 2020, UEFA announced the decision to postpone the 2020 UEFA European Cup for exactly one year as a preventive measure against the current global spread of the novel coronavirus.
The championship was postponed between June 11 and July 11, 2021, and Russia’s second-largest city, St. Petersburg, is among 12 cities in Europe to host matches of the European Championship.
The newly built soccer arena in St. Petersburg hosted the opening and final matches of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and also served as one of 12 stadiums across the country hosting the matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
The stadium with a capacity of over 62,300 seats was set up in the western part of Krestovsky Island in St. Petersburg in 2007 and put into operation in early 2017. It serves as a home stadium for the Zenit Saint football club. -Petersburg.
The decision to host the Euro 2020 Cup, which celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2020, in several European countries rather than one or two host countries was taken at the meeting of the UEFA Executive Committee in Lausanne , Switzerland, December 6, 2012.