England getting to Euro 2020 final was ‘not fair’! UEFA president blasts pan-Europe event

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UEFA have incredibly ruled out the possibility of hosting another pan-continental European Championship after admitting the current format was “not fair.” England will play in Sunday’s final against Italy at Wembley as they look to end 55 years of hurt but they will have the advantage of playing on home soil.

The Three Lions have played all of their matches at Wembley, besides the quarter-final thrashing of Ukraine in Rome.

Rivals supporters and players have raised complaints about the unpopular format, which has seen some teams travel across the continent in between matches.

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Besides the trip to Italy and a small change of scenery at Tottenham’s training ground after the disappointing 0-0 draw with Scotland, England have remained at their Staffordshire base St George’s Park.

Now it appears UEFA have taken criticism on board, deciding they will now scrap the current format in future.

Rome, Baku, St Petersburg, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Bucharest, London, Glasgow, Munich and Budapest have all hosted games throughout the tournament with both semi-finals and the final stage at Wembley.

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UEFA president Aleskander Ceferin has now made it clear he will “not support” a repeat of Euro 2020 amid complaints that England have been given an unfair advantage.

“I would not support it anymore,” he told the BBC’s The Sports Desk podcast. “I think it’s too challenging, it’s in a way not correct that some teams have to travel more than 10,000km and others 1,000.

“It’s not fair to fans. Some fans had to be in Rome and next day, or in a couple of days, they had to be in Baku, four-and-a-half hours flight.

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“It’s in an interesting idea but hard to implement and I don’t think we will do it again.”

Fans have also been forced to miss games due to quarantine regulations.

It must be noted that the tournament format was devised long before he became UEFA’s president.

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Out of the 16 teams to have made through the group stages, England had to travel the least with zero air miles.

Switzerland were top, clocking up a massive 7245 air miles after playing their Group A fixtures in Baku and Rome.

Wales were second with 5382 and their supporters felt there was a clear correlation between their distance travelled and the scoreline against Denmark.

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The semi-finalists thrashed Wales 4-0 in Amsterdam but only clocked up 395 air miles during the group stages, although they did have to deal with tragedy in losing their star man Christen Eriksen.

Wales defender Chris Gunter hit out at UEFA chiefs over the tournament format on Instagram after their heavy defeat in Holland.

“Written off before a bag of air was kicked, 3,000 miles from home,” Wales’ most-capped player said.

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“Every nation had fans wherever they went, apart from the 350 who broke government rules and bank accounts to be there, you and us deserved more from this joke set up of a tournament, but who said life was fair.”

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