Dublin set to miss out as a host city for Euro 2020

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Dublin is set to miss out as a host city for Euro 2020, according to the Independent, after the Irish government admitted it does not expect to meet UEFA’s demand of filling stadiums to 25% capacity.

The Republic of Ireland failed to qualify for the tournament but the city’s Aviva Stadium was set to host 3 group matches and a round of 16 game. Those group games will now feature Poland, Slovakia and Sweden.

Irish deputy prime minister Leo Varadkar has said “We think June is too soon. I think if they continue to insist on (having 25% of the stadium full) it’ll be hard for it to go ahead quite frankly, which is unfortunate.”

Dublin is one of three cities, alongside Munich and Bilbao who have been unable to guarantee spectator attendance.

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Dublin set to miss out as a host city for Euro 2020

NYON, SWITZERLAND – JULY 18: The UEFA logo is seen on the UEFA Champions League trophy as it is prepared for the UEFA 2014/15 Champions League third qualifying rounds draw at the UEFA headquarters, The House of European Football, on July 18, 2014 in Nyon, Switzerland. (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images for UEFA)

The decision on whether stadiums could be used was delayed until Friday as UEFA gave hosts as much time as possible to confirm their position and the fact that UEFA have been fairly busy over the last couple of days.

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This article was edited by
Tom Canton.

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