Aleksander Ceferin: Uefa considering options for Euro finals

Uefa president optimistic matches will take place in some form next year

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Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin says he is optimistic that the Euro 2020 finals, postponed until 2021, can be played with fans in stadiums across Europe next June.

Ceferin said several scenarios are being explored due to the coronavirus pandemic, with numbers on the rise across Europe, including slimming down the number of host venues.

"For the moment, we are planning the Euro exactly as we want it to be," Ceferin told German broadcaster ARD when asked about fans attending games at 12 host stadiums.

"Of course, I would have told you in February that the Euro would take place as normal with full stadiums this summer, but everything changed within a month."

The Slovenian said Uefa were "well prepared" to use different scenarios for the finals, postponed until June 11-July 11.

He also said the tournament could be slimmed down from 12 host venues, stressing "we're not thinking about it at the moment, but we could implement different things.

"We are considering how to do it with fans, without fans, or with 30, 50 or 70 per cent [of capacity in stadiums]," he added.

"But theoretically, we could hold the Euro in 12 countries, in 11, in 10, in three countries or in one."

Ceferin, 53, admitted the idea of a European Championship spread out in stadiums across the continent is "symbolically a nice thing, but not an easy task for us, even regardless of the pandemic."