Published: Fri, December 08, 2017
Global | By Shelia Dennis

Euro 2020 : Wembley to stage 7 matches after Brussels lose hosting right

Euro 2020 : Wembley to stage 7 matches after Brussels lose hosting right

The announcement means London will now host seven games in total, with Wembley already confirmed for the semi-finals and final.

The European football governing body's executive committee decided "unanimously" to strip Brussels of its four matches due to the inability of Belgian organisers to guarantee the new stadium to the north of the capital where they would have been held could be built in time.

In fact, construction has not yet even begun, whereas the venue must be ready by 2019.

In addition to the host-city pairs, UEFA also announced that the opening match of the tournament will be played at Rome's Stadio Olimpico.

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The competition is set to be played under a new format with fixtures taking place in 12 different nations as a one-off event to celebrate the tournament's 16th anniversary.

The Republic of Ireland and Spain will face off in the group stages of Euro 2020 should both teams qualify after Dublin and Bilbao were paired up as hosts of Group E for the cross-continental finals.

"The FAW complied with all of the bid requirements and has written to UEFA to request feedback on the decision so that it can understand the reasons behind the vote for future reference".

UEFA also divided host cities into pairs, with each pair sharing matches in a given group.

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FA chief executive Martin Glenn said: "We are delighted to help UEFA by hosting the additional four matches at Wembley Stadium".

"This has been a collective and collaborative process and we could not have done it without the support of the Government and the Mayor of London".

The FA and Khan added that they would now work on a programme of "community activity" around the month-long tournament, while sports minister Tracey Crouch said it was "great news".

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