UEFA considering switch to single host for this year's Euros - Rummenigge

The 24-nation Euros, a major revenue generator for UEFA and the other European national federations, was postponed by 12 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge

Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said the concept of hosting UEFA Euro 2020 in multiple nations had been dreamed up before the COVID-19 outbreak and it might not be possible to go in the same direction now (File Photo).   -  Getty Images

Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has said UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin is weighing up whether to stage the European Championship in one country this year rather than across the continent as planned due to COVID-19 concerns.

However, UEFA responded by saying it was continuing to work on existing plans for 12 countries to host the tournament.

The 24-nation event, a major revenue generator for European football's governing body and the national federations, was postponed by 12 months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The tournament is scheduled to start on June 11 in 12 cities across Europe, but Rummenigge said the concept had been dreamed up before the novel coronavirus outbreak.

"We must not forget that the idea of this special hosting of the tournament came about when the virus didn't exist... it was an initiative of the EU Commission that wanted to have football shown all over Europe," he told Germany-based newspaper Muenchner Merkur/TZ.

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"But I know that the UEFA president, Aleksander Ceferin - who is incredibly careful with corona - is thinking about whether it wouldn't make more sense in these times to play the tournament in just one country. That would be with a corresponding hygiene concept, of course."

The current host cities are Glasgow, Dublin, Bilbao, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Munich, Rome, St Petersburg, Bucharest, Budapest and Baku, with the semifinals and final set for London's Wembley Stadium.

While the situation remains uncertain due to the pandemic, UEFA said it was focusing with the host cities on their plans.

"UEFA together with the 12 host cities is currently working on four operational scenarios for UEFA Euro 2020 (full stadium; 50-100% capacity with various mitigation measures; 20-30% capacity with various mitigation measures; and behind closed doors).

"Each host city together with UEFA will select 2-3 scenarios and develop plans accordingly in the coming weeks. A decision on which scenario will be applied individually in each city during the tournament will be made in March 2021."

Ceferin said earlier this month he was hopeful vaccination programmes, moving at different speeds across the various host countries, will be the key to sticking to the plan.