The tournament starts on June 11, 2020.
Alexey Panin, director of the Moscow office of the consulting company Urus Advisory, spoke about holding Euro 2020, noting that the coronavirus pandemic could force the football authorities to change the usual format.
“There is not much time left until the summer, and while the pace of vaccination does not allow us to assume that by the time the championship starts, a critical mass of vaccinated will be reached, which will allow us to confidently assert that mass events without restrictions will not lead to a new wave of infections. Here you also have to take into account that:
- Football officials need to make decisions according to the principle "the sooner the better." That is, the defining moment will be the beginning of spring.
- Countries are fighting the coronavirus at the national level (i.e., even within the EU, the practices of conventional Italy differ from those of Germany), respectively, all countries will approach the moment of making a decision with different baggage. And the equivalent conditional Azerbaijan can be in the “yellow” regime of international movements, and the conditional Russia - in the “red” one.
Since it is physically impossible to play all these factors, the worst possible picture will become the clipping line.
Any refusal to hold in some cities in favor of others has a deliberately arbitration nature and will be criticized by “refuseniks”. For example, in city A at the time of making a decision, there are more cases than in city B, but the dynamics of recovery is better, fewer deaths and more rapid vaccination - which of the two cities to choose? And if a week later the statistics were updated, vaccines were delivered to city B, and they ran out in A?
Therefore, a deviation from the given format, most likely, can only be complete (i.e., we either play in 12 cities in Europe, or in a limited number in one country). The exclusion of individual cities is possible only if the situation in them is very different for the worse in comparison with most other cities, which is also possible, "- quotes Panin Sport24.ru.