“UEFA is considering the matter. No decision has yet been taken,” a spokesperson said.
Roberto Martinez, coach of Belgium, had notably pleaded for an enlargement of the list of selected for the Euro. “There are discussions, especially with England and Italy. Everyone reacted in the same way. Enlarging the group, with for example one more player per line, that would be a correct decision”, explained Martinez after the Red Devils 8-0 victory over Belarus. “It would be beneficial to prepare for the Euro and it would allow us to benefit from more leeway, especially in terms of injuries and uncertainties linked to the coronavirus.”
Italy coach Roberto Mancini raised the issue after the ‘Squadra’ won 0-2 in Bulgaria. “Enlarging to 25 or 26 players could be a good thing, because the season has been very difficult. And then, you never know, it can happen that during the tournament, someone gets the virus. Then it is more. difficult to find other players, especially because they would all be on vacation. This possibility, in case UEFA decides, would suit me perfectly, “said Mancini.
World champion France coach Didier Deschamps joined the movement on Wednesday. “I think if UEFA looks at being able to expand the roster that would be a good thing, provided of course that it can be two or three more players, and all can be on the scoresheet “, said the coach. “Because with the sanitary conditions that we have today, we are not going to think of ourselves as superior beings. We did everything we had to. Despite the five tests, we did not have a case. positive, but I think that with fatigue, it would be rather a good thing, “said Deschamps, after the 0-1 victory of the Blues in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
On Wednesday, UEFA confirmed that the teams will be able to make five changes during the Euro and Nations League ‘Final Four’ matches.
The European body is holding its next executive committee on April 19, on the eve of its congress. On the menu, are already the reform of European club competitions beyond 2024, the Champions League in mind, as well as the city-by-city organization of the Euro.
Already postponed for a year due to the pandemic, the continental tournament is to be held in 12 host cities in 12 different countries, a challenge made even more complex by UEFA’s desire for all stadiums to welcome the public.
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