The issue of postponing the matches of the European football championship from St. Petersburg in connection with the situation with the coronavirus was not raised, General Director of the Euro 2020 organizing committee in the city Alexei Sorokin told RIA Novosti. Petersburg is one of 11 cities where the championship is being held, seven matches are to be held there.
“We do not know anything about the transfer of matches from St. Petersburg. There were no such discussions. We proceed from the fact that we are preparing for the match that will take place tomorrow, as well as for the quarterfinal match. Every day we have meetings with the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, no concerns and proposals were expressed from there, ”said Mr. Sorokin. He added that the information about the postponement of matches in the organizing committee is treated as rumors.
Earlier, the UEFA press service, when asked by Interfax about the possibility of transferring matches from St. Petersburg, replied that the Russian authorities have the right to refuse to hold the remaining Euro 2020 games planned in the city.
“We believe that the UEFA response to your colleagues meant that the definition of anti-corruption measures is the prerogative of local authorities, but not UEFA,” said Alexei Sorokin. According to him, the information about the postponement of matches is a misinterpretation of the response of the football organization.
Over the past day in St. Petersburg, 1065 cases of COVID-19 were detected, another 127 people became infected in the Leningrad region. In both regions, the incidence of coronavirus is increasing for the second week in a row.