Trip to Bilbao on the agenda if Ireland reach Euro 2020

Paola Ditto
Dicembre 7, 2017

Brussels has lost the right to stage Euro 2020 matches following delays in the development of its new Eurostadium and the four games it was due host will go to London's Wembley instead, UEFA said on Thursday.

UEFA chose to reallocate the three group-stage games and one round-of-16 game originally given to the Belgian capital because of delays in the project to build a new 60,000-capacity Eurostadium on the site of Heysel.

FA Chief Executive, Martin Glenn, said: "We are delighted to help UEFA by hosting the additional four matches at Wembley Stadium".

After been selected as one of the host cities in September 2014, it was confirmed that the Aviva Stadium would host two Republic of Ireland games, if qualification was achieved.

"We discussed with Brussels for quite a long time and they were not able to provide us with all of the documentation", said Čeferin.

UEFA also divided host cities into pairs, with each pair sharing matches in a given group.

"We received a letter yesterday saying that there will be a final decision on January 31".

"Experts from administration had the opinion it was a high risk for UEFA if we wait".

The 2020 tournament is the first to be played under a new format with group games spread across several countries.

A draw was also held to decide which cities would host games from the various groups.

"The FAW complied with all of the bid requirements and has written to UEFA to request feedback on the decision so that it can understand the reasons behind the vote for future reference".

Each qualified host country will play a minimum of two games at home.

Matches in Group C are scheduled to be held at the Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg, a venue for the 2018 World Cup, and the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen.

England's national stadium has been paired with Glasgow to host the six matches in Group D.

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