London’s Wembley Stadium has gained four matches as a result of Brussels being stripped of the right to host Euro 2020 games
07 December, 2017, 22:29
UEFA has picked London to replace Brussels as a host city for the 2020 European Championship, giving Wembley Stadium an additional four games on top of the semifinals and final.
Cardiff's Principality Stadium and Stockholm's Friends Arena - the venues for last season's finals of the Champions League and Europa League, respectively - had hoped to pick up Brussels' games.
"We discussed with Brussels for quite a long time, they were not able to provide us with all the documentation. Today we don't know if they can build a stadium or not", he told reporters at UEFA headquarters in Nyon.
Provided England qualify for the competition, which is being expanded from 16 teams to 24, they will play at least two of their group-stage fixtures at Wembley. "If the answer had been no, it would have been a problem for us to find a new stadium".
"Right up until the last moment we did the utmost to try to get an extra delay from UEFA, but we respect their decision", said the Belgian federation in a statement.
"Missing out on Euro 2020 does not necessarily mean a death blow for our stadium plans", he said.
UEFA are marking the 60th anniversary of the tournament by hosting it in a shitload of cities hence why matches at the Aviva could be on the cards.
As well as deciding where the first game, on June 12, will be and what to do about Brussel's difficulties, the executive committee also announced where each of the six groups' games will be played.
Rome and Baku will host Group A, Saint Petersburg and Copenhagen Group B, Amsterdam and Bucharest Group C, London and Glasgow Group D, Bilbao and Dublin Group E, with Munich and Budapest the Group F venues.
'The concept of taking Euro 2020 to 13 different countries was devised to allow smaller countries, like Wales, to have a unique opportunity of being involved in staging a major tournament.