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Wembley to host four additional Euro 2020 group stage matches

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Wembley will host seven games at Euro 2020 after UEFA handed the stadium an additional four matches that was previously scheduled for Brussels.

Euro 2020 is poised to be staged across 12 countries as former UEFA president Michel Platini’s idea of a one-off gesture to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the tournament.

UEFA had decided to reallocate the three group fixtures and one last-16 game previously given to the Belgian capital due to delays in the building of a 60,000-capacity stadium on the site of Heysel. Belgian authorities failed to provide guarantees the stadium would be ready.

Speaking in Nyon, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said the decision of UEFA’s executive committee had been unanimous as waiting on Belgium was deemed “high risk”.

“We don’t know if they can build a stadium or not,” Ceferin had added.

In addition to deciding where the first game, on 12 June, will be and what to do about the difficulties in Brussels, the UEFA executive committee has also announced where each of the six groups’ games will be played.

Baku and Rome will host group A, group B games will take place in Copenhagen and St Petersburg, Amsterdam and Bucharest get group C, Glasgow and London will share group D, group E will be staged in Bilbao and Dublin, while group F’s fixtures will be in Budapest and Munich.

The English FA chief executive, Martin Glenn, said: “We are delighted to help UEFA by hosting the additional four matches at Wembley Stadium. It’s an honour to be one of the 12 nations that will play a part in this prestigious Euro for Europe tournament and I would like to thank the UEFA executive committee for giving us the opportunity to stage these games.”

Coleman slates for Euro to proceed as planned

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Coleman slates for Euro to proceed as planned

Chris Coleman, who will lead Wales in Euro 2016 believes the tournament should continue.

Wales manager Chris Coleman says that Euro 2016 should proceed as planned even in the face of terrorist attacks.

Brussels was the target of suicide and bomb attacks within the Europe, with more than 30 people reportedly killed in the Belgian capital by explosions at Brussels airport and a metro station.

Coleman described the attacks were “incredibly evil” but said the attackers should not be allowed to win.

“It’s what everybody wants,” Coleman said. “It’s what the people want and we should make sure that happens.”

“I think these people would have us stay in our houses, locked up 24 hours a day if we let them have their way,” he added. “That shouldn’t happen.”

He believes that Euro 2016, which starts in France on the 10th of June, will be “incredibly secure” and said he was confident UEFA, European football’s governing body, would do its “utmost” to keep everyone safe.

But the former Fulham and Coventry City boss conceded that certain security risks remain.

“If somebody’s hell bent on walking into a crowded area and they want to blow themselves up or whatever, there’s only so much security can do,” he said.

“There’s always going to be a doubt in everybody’s mind. You’re hoping and praying that everything’s going to be OK.”