Europeans at Wembley worry: WHO, “Don’t loosen restrictions” – The World Health Organization (WHO) said it was “worried” about the easing of anti-Covid restrictions on European football championships. A little while ago London confirmed the decision to increase the audience admitted to Webley for the semifinals and final of the championship to over 60 thousand, equal to 75% of the stadium.

“WHO is concerned about the easing of restrictions in some host countries” of the European football championships, said Robb Butler, executive director of the WHO Regional Office for Europe. “Some of the stadiums that host the championship are increasing the number of spectators admitted to the games,” he added, noting that in some areas there is already an increase in infections from Covid-19.

Over 60,000 fans admitted to Wembley finals

Over 60,000 fans will be admitted to the semifinals and final of the European Football Championships at Wembley, equal to 75% of the stadium’s capacity. This was confirmed by the British government. They will be the busiest sporting events in the UK in 15 months since the summer limitations for the Covid pandemic were adopted.

“We have worked closely with Uefa and Fa to ensure that strict and strict health measures are in place, while allowing more fans to see the action live,” said Culture and Sport Secretary Oliver Dowden. “The finals promise to be an unforgettable moment in our national recovery from the pandemic.”

Merkel, Uefa moves with responsibility

“The European championships also take place in an area of ​​Covid variants, and as you know all those who travel to Great Britain must go to quarantine. I hope UEFA will move in this direction with a sense of responsibility”. Angela Merkel said this during a press conference in Berlin alongside Ursula von der Leyen, president of the EU Commission.

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EU, do not undo progress in the fight against the pandemic

“Before any sporting event organized in the EU or elsewhere it is important that the competent authorities closely observe the health situation because it is important not to undo the progress made in the fight against coronavirus in Europe in the many months that we have left behind”. Thus Dana Spinant, spokesman for the European Commission, regarding the proposal by the Prime Minister, Mario Draghi, to move the final of Euro 2020 (the European football) scheduled for 11 July at the Wembley Stadium in London.

Following the increase in infections in the United Kingdom, the premier yesterday promised to take action so that the game does not take place in a country “where infections are growing rapidly”. But the spokespersons of the Commission clarified: “We do not have a role in the coordination between the Member States in the organization of sporting events”.



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