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Wembley may have 65,000 fans for the Euro 2020 semifinals, final

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Fans await the start of the Euro 2020 Group D football match between England and Scotland at Wembley Stadium in London on Friday, June 18.

UEFA is in talks with the British government to increase attendance at Wembley Stadium to 65,000 for the semi-finals and the final of the European Championship, people familiar with the discussions said on Monday.

The government had already agreed to increase the current capacity of the group stage from about 22,000 to at least 40,000 for one game in a match of the round of 16 and the last three matches of the Euro 2020 tournament at the stadium by 90,000 seats.

UEFA hopes to increase this further by providing more quarantine exemptions for visitors, including sponsors and VIPs, people told The Associated Press. People spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss personal conversations.

Last week, UEFA said it was in talks with authorities in London to allow fans of participating teams to attend the semi-finals and finals, staying in the country for less than 24 hours and staying in bubbles.

UEFA has raised the prospect of taking matches from London – with Budapest as a reserve – if there is no agreement on the fans coming to London.

Tourists from all non-British countries competing in Euro 2020 must be quarantined for at least five days after arriving in the country under the general pandemic rules to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

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