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UEFA set date for summit to discuss Euro 2020 with four different scenarios

Mirror logo Mirror 14/01/2021 19:07:13 John Cross

UEFA will make a decision on the Euros at a summit meeting on March 5.

But one thing is crystal clear is that the tournament will go ahead this summer on the dates planned - June 11 to July 11 - which is another factor as to why the Premier League is determined not to stop.

European football's governing body are working on four different scenarios with each of the host cities drawing up different plans for full stadiums, 50 per cent capacity, 20-30 per cent or behind closed doors.

They are still working on the proviso that the tournament will happen across Europe but clearly if coronavirus infections do not improve then they may have to consider playing in fewer venues with less travel.

a close up of a statue: A UEFA summit in March will determine how Euro 2020 will go ahead © REUTERSA UEFA summit in March will determine how Euro 2020 will go ahead

One thing which has not gone unnoticed in European football is that, potentially, England could become the vaccination capital as the Government expects the first wave to be completed by mid-February which is around six weeks ahead of Germany.

There could be scope for England - which already has Group matches, the semi finals and final at Wembley - to play a greater role, although no-one is talking about that prospect just yet. The next ExCo meeting is likely to be in February but March 5 is being seen as the big deadline.

But when you consider that Champions League and Europa League games are going ahead as normal, there is a similar expectation that the Euros will happen.

It will not be postponed again because there is too much riding on the tournament in terms of prestige, commercial contracts and TV deals.

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Eric Bailly has been a revelation for Manchester United in recent weeks.

Bailly has emerged as a rock steady partner for Harry Maguire in central defence, recapturing the form of his first season largely because he has been injury free and is having a good run.

That has drawn praise even from Sky pundit Gary Neville - previously a strong critic of United's defensive woes - who was full of admiration in commentary during United's win at Burnley to put them three points clear.

Bailly has parted ways with Roc Nation in an amicable way and is happy to go back to being a free agent with help from his existing advisers.

Roc Nation did look after Bailly's image rights as one of their first big name football clients as they continue to look to make a big splash in the English market.

a baseball player pitching a ball on a field: Eric Bailly has been a rock in defence during Man Utd's recent run of good form © POOL/AFP via Getty ImagesEric Bailly has been a rock in defence during Man Utd's recent run of good form

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Sam Allardyce must be regretting his return to West Brom.

A month into his reign, Big Sam has called for the Premier League to stop, bemoaned Brexit (having previously been a staunch Brexiteer) and is now facing a major transfer headache.

West Brom, having completed a deal for Robert Snodgrass, have been telling agents they are now only in the market for loan deals in January - but cannot afford any loan fees.

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It has never been harder for people in football to get new jobs than right now.

So it is good to see Stephen Constantine, one of football's nice guys, get a job nearly two years after leaving his role as manager of India's national team to move into club football.

The pandemic and a lack of opportunities hit hard but he is back as a sporting director with Pafos FC in Cyprus. For many coaches, managers and backroom staff, the last 12 months have been as tough as in any industry.

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The anger in Uruguay over Edinson Cavani's ban has reached extraordinary levels.

So much so that Uruguay FA bosses and their players' union are talking to worldwide players' union FIFPro to try to address the matter further.

Manchester United have insisted Cavani was not racist and his comment "negrito" on social media was a term of endearment and a commonly used term in South America.

14. tammikuuta 2021 21:07:13 Categories: Mirror

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