More games to be staged in London after Brussels loses rights.
Uefa has announced that seven matches of its 2020 European Football Championship will be held at London’s Wembley Stadium, after Brussels lost the right to host its previously slated games.
The Belgian capital was ruled out because of delays in the construction of its 60,000-capacity stadium project on the site of Heysel.
Wembley, which was already due to hold the semi-finals and final of the quadrennial soccer tournament, will now host three group games and a last-16 tie, as agreed in a unanimous vote by Uefa’s executive committee.
The venue, which is currently the temporary home of English Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur, will be one of 12 stadiums hosting Euro 2020 fixtures.
Cardiff and Stockholm had also been in contention to host the extra matches.
On Thursday, it was also announced that Rome’s Stadio Olimpico will stage the opening game of the 24-team tournament having seen off competition for that match from Glasgow’s Hampden Park.
Euro 2020 is due to take place from 12th June to 12th July 2020. It is the first European Championship to be played under a new format which sees group games played across several countries.