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Wembley could be stripped of the semi finals and final of Euro 2020 due to quarantine rules, with UEFA confirming a contingency plan is in place.
It was hoped that England would be free from restrictions by the time the latter stages rolled around, only to see the June 21 date moved back four weeks.
That has led to some concern from UEFA officials in terms of the logistics surrounding the organisation’s biggest trio of games.
Wembley is one of 11 stadiums to be selected as host venue for this summer’s championships, given eight games in total.
For England’s group games, 22,500 spectators will be in attendance, before that increases to 45,000 for the knockout clashes.
Wembley hosted the first of eight games on Sunday, as England beat Croatia 1-0
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At present, UEFA officials, VIPs and sponsors, and international broadcasters need to quarantine for 10 days, as per the current government guidelines.
According to ESPN, UEFA are in discussion with the UK government over bringing in exemptions to those rules, also allowing fans to make the journey to England to support their team.
Of the stadiums selected, Budapest’s Puskas Arena is the only one to be at full capacity and could provide UEFA an easier alternative when it comes to the final three games.
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The report adds that the UK government is standing resolute on their guidelines and will insist on a 10-day quarantine for all visitors from countries on the amber list.
And in a statement, UEFA confirmed plans were in place in order to ensure the maximum number of fans are able to watch the games.
"UEFA is delighted that the capacity at Wembley will go up to at least 50% for the knock-out round matches,” the statement read.
Budapest's Puskas Arena was at full capacity for Hungary's match vs Portugal, with more than 60,000 fans in attendance
"At the moment, we are in discussions with the local authorities to try to allow fans of the participating teams to attend the matches, using a strict testing and bubble concept that would mean their stay in the UK would be less than 24 hours and their movements would be restricted to approved transport and venues only.
"We understand the pressures that the Government face and hope to be able to reach a satisfactory conclusion of our discussions on the matter.
“There is always a contingency plan but we are confident that the final week will be held in London."
London mayor Sadiq Khan previously expressed his desire to see a full Wembley for the final and pleaded with the government to look into research regarding transmission at sporting events.
“So we’re working really closely with UEFA, the FA and the local council Brent to try to increase the number of fans allowed at Wembley,” Khan told Gary Neville in an interview on Sky Sports’ Overlap show.
22,500 fans were in attendance for England's opening Euro 2020 game at Wembley
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“22,500 is about a quarter of the capacity of 90,000. We’re hoping we can take that higher because you will be aware we’ve had really successful sporting events which have been piloted.
“I think very few people, if any, have caught the virus because of going to one of the test events.
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“So what we’re saying to the government and the council is that it is possible to organise safe events with larger numbers of fans.
He continued: “And I’m keeping my fingers crossed for the possibility of the final there being 90,000 at Wembley. It’s not impossible yet. If we make good progress we can get there.
“And it’s possible to do it safely. I think it’s possible to have a successful games and a safe games.”