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UEFA excludes Bilbao from hosting Euro 2020

 The European Football Association (UEFA) announced today, Wednesday, the exclusion of the Spanish city of Bilbao from hosting matches in the European Nations Championship, "Euro 2020", which will start next June in 12 European cities, due to its failure to give any approval for the attendance of the masses for the matches.

"Marca" newspaper reported that Bilbao City Council, Vizcaya County Council and the Basque government announced that they would implement the contract they signed to request financial compensation from UEFA, and demanded compensation for the money they spent on organizing this event.

Luis Rubiales, President of the Spanish Football Association, had indicated several days ago that the Football Association in his country would offer the city of Seville as an alternative to its counterpart Bilbao if the latter could not host matches in the European Nations Championship "Euro 2020", which begins next June in 12 European cities.

The Spanish Federation offered the "La Cartuja" stadium in Seville, to be a theater for the "Euro 2020" matches, instead of the "San Mames" stadium in Bilbao, due to the restrictions of the Corona virus epidemic in the Basque city, due to the difficulty of hosting the fans in the stadium specified in advance.

The "La Cartuja" stadium was built in 99 to host the World Athletics Championships, and it also hosted the Spanish Super Cup final last January, in addition to hosting the Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad matches in the King's Cup final last season, about two weeks ago.

The European Football Association (UEFA) announced the return of the fans to the stadiums of the European Championship, "Euro 2020", expressing thanks to the national and local federations and authorities that cooperated greatly in ensuring the safe return of spectators to the stadiums.