A minister has defended allowing UEFA officials and VIP fans to attend games in the latter stages of Euro 2020 at Wembley Stadium.
John Whittingdale said there will be “some people coming in” for the semi-finals and final of the tournament, but they will be under “strict restrictions as to what else they can do and we have measured those things very carefully”.
The minister added:
“We’re talking about a very limited number of people coming in and they’re also subject to quite significant restrictions. They’re not just able to come in and travel around Britain. They come in to attend a match and go away again. We wouldn’t have been able to host the tournament at Wembley if we hadn’t allowed the players and people associated with the teams to come in to do so.”
More than 60,000 fans will be able to attend the matches as part of the government’s trial of mass events, which is progressing to its next stage. Other events in the summer sporting calendar are set to include Wimbledon, the rugby league Challenge Cup Final and men’s international cricket involving England, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.