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UK government approves over 60,000 fans at Wembley

The crowd capacity at Wembley will be raised to more than 60,000 for the semi-finals and final of Euro 2020, says the UK government.

It means the stadium will be at 75% capacity for the games.

The increase will also see the largest crowds assembled for a sporting event in the UK in more than 15 months, great news that so many fans will be able to watch the final three matches of Euro 2020 at Wembley, said Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin.

Wembley’s capacity has been reduced to 22,500 for group fixtures at Euro 2020, but that is set to be expanded to 45,000 – around 50% of full capacity – for two knockout games in the last 16 before the semi-finals on 6 and 7 July and final on 11 July.

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi had called for the final to be moved from England because of rising Covid-19 cases in the country but UEFA said it had no plans to do so.

“I am grateful to the prime minister and the UK government for their hard work in finalising these arrangements with us, to make the tournament final stages a great success in Wembley.

According to BBC News, Fans attending the games at Wembley will need to follow a number of strict entry requirements, including having a negative Covid-19 test or proof of full vaccination, which means two vaccine doses, 14 days before the fixture they are attending.

“The finals promise to be an unforgettable moment in our national recovery from the pandemic.”

However, the World Health Organisation (WHO) is “concerned about easing of restrictions in some of the host countries” for games at Euro 2020, according to Robb Butler, an executive director at the WHO’s regional office for Europe.

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