Euro 2020 keeps its official name despite taking place in 2021 after UEFA postpone tournament due to coronavirus pandemic

The European Championship in 2021 will still be officially referred to as Euro 2020.

On Tuesday, UEFA announced the tournament will be delayed by a year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

More than 250,000 people worldwide have tested positive for the deadly disease with the death toll exceeding 10,000.

Euro 2020 was set to begin on June 12, involving 24 nations and taking place across 12 host cities.

However, the competition will be played in the summer of 2021, starting on June 11 and ending a month later.

A statement from European football’s governing body read: “UEFA today announced the postponement of its flagship national team competition, UEFA EURO 2020, due to be played in June and July this year.

“The health of all those involved in the game is the priority, as well as to avoid placing any unnecessary pressure on national public services involved in staging matches.

Wembley will still host the semi-finals and final of Euro 2020 next year

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Wembley will still host the semi-finals and final of Euro 2020 next year
“The move will help all domestic competitions, currently on hold due to the COVID-19 emergency, to be completed.”

Despite the tournament happening in 2021, it will still be officially known as Euro 2020.

UEFA also confirmed the 12 countries chosen to host the matches will remain the same.

It means Wembley will still host the semi-finals and final in 2021.

UEFA said: “We trust that all of our venues will remain the same, ensuring the tournament remains true to its original vision of staging a truly Europe-wide event.”

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