Israel makes audacious bid to host Euros, Champions League if disrupted by Covid
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Israel makes audacious bid to host Euros, Champions League if disrupted by Covid

Jewish state's football association said it 'did offer UEFA any assistance necessary' hosting international and club competitions amid the pandemic

Israel's Manor Solomon kicks the ball towards Scotland's Kenneth McClean during the UEFA Euro 2020 Play-Off semi final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. (PA Wire/PA Images)
Israel's Manor Solomon kicks the ball towards Scotland's Kenneth McClean during the UEFA Euro 2020 Play-Off semi final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. (PA Wire/PA Images)

Israel has lodged an audacious bid to host parts of the Euros, Champions League and Europa League, if they are disrupted by the ongoing pandemic. 

German tabloid Bild reported that Israel’s Football Association had stepped forward with a proposal to UEFA, the sport’s governing body in Europe, offering to host the latter stages of club competitions, as well as the international Euros.

Israel has a world-beating vaccination programme with more than 5 million jabs being delivered, leading to a suppression in infection rates, and the possibility of crowds at sporting events.

In a statement to Jewish News, the Israeli Football Association said: “We did offer UEFA any assistance necessary. We hope for all the Euro hosting, the national teams and clubs that it won’t be needed.”

UEFA reaffirmed its intention to run the Euro 2021 Championship across 12 different European cities, after the competition was postponed due to Covid-19 last year.

In a statement to Jewish News, it said: “The Israeli FA did offer their facilities should UEFA need them this year. However, UEFA fully intends that all its events (including club finals and the EURO) will be staged in their intended venues and is working hard with its partners and stakeholders to secure that.”

British football pundit Derek Rae said on Twitter that “UEFA president Aleksander Čeferin has promised to look at the proposal” by Israel.

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