Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin is weighing up whether to stage the European Championship in one country this summer rather than across the continent as planned
The tournament was postponed last summer for 12 months due to the coronavirus pandemic. And while the tournament is set to take place on June 11 across 12 cities in different countries, this concept was dreamed up prior to the Covid-19 outbreak.
"We must not forget that the idea of this special hosting of the tournament came about when the coronavirus didn't exist ... it was an initiative of the EU Commission that wanted to have football shown all over Europe," he told German 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 London, Glasgow, Dublin, Bilbao, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Munich, Rome, St Petersburg, Bucharest, Budapest and Baku.
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."
The progress of vaccination programmes in host nations is understood to be key to sticking with the original plan.
With additional reporting from Reuters
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