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Wembley Stadium will open its doors to 65,000 fans for the Euro 2020 semi-finals and final as part of a deal between UEFA and the government, according to reports.

The 90,000-seater ground has been operating at a much-reduced capacity of 22,500 for the tournament group stage.

This number is due to increase to 45,000 for the knockout stage, including England's upcoming last-16 fixture, while Wembley was also expected to operate at half capacity for the two semi-finals and the final.

But a significantly-larger number of fans will attend the final two rounds of the competition after government ministers thrashed out new terms with European football's governing body.

Wembley will be operating at almost three-quarters of maximum capacity for the semi-finals and final
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That's according to The Times , which claims a deal to allow 65,000 fans to flock to the north-west London venue is expected to be confirmed this week.

The decision to allow a 20,000 increase in capacity for the semi-finals, played in early July, and final on 11 July comes the week after prime minister Boris Johnson pushed back the easing of restrictions on social distancing from 21 June to 19 July.

Those attending the fixtures will need to provide proof they have received two coronavirus vaccines or a recent negative test.

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Johnson delayed so-called Freedom Day in response to rising coronavirus cases in the United Kingdom, which has led to opposition to sporting pilot events going ahead with large crowds.

Italy's prime minister Mario Draghi has even put forward a case to strip Wembley of the final in favour of hosting it at Rome's Stadio Olimpico.

"I will try to stop the final being held in a country where infections are rising quickly," he said. "I advocate that the final should not take place in a country in which the risk of infection is very big."

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But Euro 2020 organisers are reluctant to take such drastic action and said in a statement on Friday: "UEFA is delighted that the capacity at Wembley will go up to at least 50 per cent for the knock-out round matches.

"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."

As mentioned in the statement, the government and UEFA have been discussing how overseas fans can attend the semi-finals and final in light of current quarantine regulations, while the latter organisation is also pushing for 2,500 VIPs at the final.