The next European Championship will proceed to be known as Euro 2020 despite being postponed by a year to 2021, UEFA confirmed Thursday.
Following an Executive Committee assembly of European soccer’s governing physique by videoconference, UEFA mentioned sustaining the identical name could be a method of remembering the Corona Virus pandemic and the tough occasions confronted by the continent this year because of this.
In addition, and most significantly, UEFA had already produced big quantities of branded merchandising earlier than the event was put again by a year.
“This alternative is consistent with UEFA’s dedication to make Euro 2020 sustainable and never to generate further quantities of waste,” it mentioned in an announcement.
“A change to the name of the occasion would have meant the destruction and replica of such objects.”
In an unprecedented transfer, UEFA final month introduced the postponement of Euro 2020 shortly after soccer all throughout the continent floor to a halt as COVID-19 unfold. More than 110,000 folks have now died from the virus in Europe.
The event is now penciled in for June 11 to July 11 next year. It will function 24 groups and will probably be performed in 12 completely different cities all throughout the continent, with the semi-finals and remaining in London.