The Spanish Football Federation has announced that it is considering Sevilla Stadium as a replacement alternative, if Bilbao is excluded from the list of European host cities. Last week, the federation announced that due to the pandemic situation in Bilbao, it would be impossible for fans to attend the stadium. San Mames (Bilbao). But this goes against the UEFA rule, which definitely requires a certain number of fans in the stadium during € 2020. Spanish officials were thus forced to seek an alternative solution.
The president of the federation, Luis Rubiales, said for the Spanish media:
"With all due respect to what Bilbao has done, the city is facing many difficulties from the pandemic.Luis Rubiales
Having said that, it would be horrible if another country would get the right to organize the European. Therefore, we thought La Cartuja would be the first option on the table, if Bilbao is excluded. "
The Spanish football federation told The Associated Press that it is up to the local authorities to express whether or not it is possible, the presence of fans in stadiums. At the moment we are talking about, every match in Spain, including all championship levels, is played without fans. WHEREAS The Charterhouse has a maximum capacity of 60,000 fans. This means that it is more than possible for a limited group of fans to participate in the arena, respecting the anti-covid protocols.
Other European host cities have given assurances to UEFA that between June 11 and July 11, the presence of fans in stadiums will be possible. Whether the matches take place in Bilbao or Seville, Spain is expected to host all of the matches. Group E, as well as an extra match in the 1/16 stage.