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Brussels loses right to host Euro 2020 matches, Wembley gains four games

Brussels loses right to host Euro 2020 matches, Wembley gains four games”

UEFA also announced the opening game on June 12, 2018, would be held at Rome's Stadio Olimpico.

Wembley, which was already scheduled to host the semi-finals and final, will now replace the stadium and stage three group games and one last 16 match.

Brussels has lost the right to stage matches at Euro 2020 following delays in the development of a new stadium, Uefa said on Thursday (Dec 7).

Due to the Eurostadium project's failure to meet the conditions imposed by the UEFA Executive Committee during its meeting of September 20, 2017, the four matches (three group, one round of 16) initially scheduled to be held in Brussels will now be allocated to London's Wembley Stadium following a vote by the committee.

"We received a letter yesterday saying that there will be a final decision on January 31".

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

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

The tournament will be played across Europe for the first time in 2020 to commemorate its 60th anniversary, with European football's governing body choosing Hampden as one of 13 host venues.

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

"If the answer would be no, it would be a problem for us to find a host quickly".

Staged across 12 countries, Euro 2020's unusual format was former Uefa president Michel Platini's brainchild - a one-off gesture to celebrate the tournament's 60th birthday.

"Wales has never staged a Euro or World Cup Final and this was its one and only chance of doing so".

England's national stadium has been paired with Glasgow to host the six matches in Group D.

Group F's games will be played at the Allianz Arena in Munich and Budapest's renovated Ferenc Puskás Stadium.



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