Didier Deschamps makes three changes at the same time during Kazakhstan-France, March 28, 2021. -
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Up to five player changes per match and per team will be allowed during the Euro held from 11 June to 11 July 2021, UEFA announced on Wednesday.
This measure, already in force in the European Cup and in many national championships, is linked to the inconvenience of the health crisis.
It should better protect the health of the players.
On the other hand, the European body has not (yet?) Specified whether it would allow the coaches to leave with groups of 26 players, against 23 in normal times.
Tuesday, the coaches of Belgium and Italy, Roberto Martinez and Roberto Mancini, had campaigned for this possibility.
Prohibition to play in camera
In addition, UEFA raised the 30% stadium spectator gauge decided last October, leaving local authorities to decide on possible limits.
"Given the fact that the 55 member associations of UEFA each face a different situation in the management of the pandemic, such a limitation is no longer required", explains the body after meeting its executive committee.
It thus allows the 12 host cities of Euro football, spread over twelve countries, to fill their enclosures if they wish.
Their reception plans must be submitted by April 7 to the body, which will validate or refuse them on April 19 at its next executive committee.
Conversely, it always excludes that some matches of the tournament are played behind closed doors, thus forcing the local authorities to promise to admit spectators if they do not want to see their matches moved to another country.
Caution in Germany
This requirement, in the midst of a health crisis and the spread of more contagious variants, was badly received in Germany, which must organize four matches in Munich and has banned since March 2020 the presence of the public in the stadiums.
Romania, on the other hand, announced that it was counting on a gauge of at least 25%, while Denmark for its part plans to welcome at least 11,000 spectators per game for the four meetings scheduled for this summer in Copenhagen.
Euro 2020: UEFA wants spectators in the stadiums this summer