Brussels Loses Euro 2020 Matches To Wembley


Preparation has already turned to Euro 2020 and UEFA have announced that "each qualified host country will play a minimum of two games at home".

A draw was also held on Thursday to decide which cities would host games from the various groups.

The 2020 tournament is the first European Championship to be played under a new format with group games spread across several countries and regions.

"We discussed with Brussels for quite a long time and they were not able to provide us with all the documentation".

"They still don't have the documents".

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"We received a letter yesterday that 31st of January there will be a final decision but the decision - yes or no - they don't know".

The building of a new Brussels stadium for the tournament had run into delays involving the applications for construction and environmental permits.

"Experts from (our) administration felt it was a high risk for UEFA to wait".

"We are delighted to help Uefa by hosting the additional four matches at Wembley Stadium", said Football Association chief executive Martin Glenn.

"A huge amount of work has gone into preparation for the tournament and we are making enormous progress in preparing the Aviva Stadium for when it becomes a focus for worldwide attention during this prestigious competition".

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However they said UEFA's decision "does not necessarily signify the end of the stadium project".

UEFA said Russian Federation and Ukraine would be kept apart in the group stage, as would Armenia and Azerbaijan.

The Welsh FA (FAW) said in a statement that it was "extremely disappointed" with the outcome.

'The concept of taking Euro 2020 to 13 different countries was devised to allow smaller countries, like Wales, to have a unique opportunity of being involved in staging a major tournament.

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