Euro 2020 : Wembley to stage 7 matches after Brussels lose hosting right


Brussels has lost its right to host games at the 2020 European Championships, with Wembley now set to stage four more additional matches for the competition.

Belgium's capital city has been ruled out as a planned new stadium is still to be built and Uefa has not received the necessary guarantees.

The UEFA executive committee did make a number of other decisions, including deciding which groups for Euro 2020 would be located in which cities, as well as deciding that the Stadio Olympico in Rome, Italy will host the first match.

Ceferin said that the development of the Eurostadium had run into delays involving the applications for construction and environmental permits. "If the answer had been no, it would have been a problem for us to find a new stadium".

However they said UEFA's decision "does not necessarily signify the end of the stadium project".

Brussels has hoped to construct a new stadium ever since the Heysel stadium disaster, when 39 people died before the start of the 1985 European Cup final between Juventus and Liverpool.

London will host seven games in total - including the final and one semi-final - after Brussels was stripped of its host city status.

Baku and Rome will host group A, group B's games will take place in Copenhagen and St Petersburg, Amsterdam and Bucharest get group C, Glasgow and London will share group D, group E will be staged in Bilbao and Dublin, while group F's fixtures will be in Budapest and Munich.

UEFA said that each host nation that qualifies will play at least two matches at home in the group stage.

A conflict between the first two broke out in 2014 that resulted in Russian Federation annexing Crimea from Ukraine, while the second two fought a war in the early 1990s that never resulted in a peace treaty.



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