Five substitutions per game to be used at Euro 2020

Teams will be allowed to use up to five substitutes per game during June’s Euro 2020 tournament, UEFA’s executive committee has ruled.

The five subs temporary amendment to the laws of the game was introduced due to the difficulties posed by playing through the Covid-19 pandemic and is currently applied to European club games and World Cup qualifying games in Europe.

UEFA also lifted the 30% capacity limit on stadiums, opting to leave the decisions on spectator levels to local authorities, a move which will allow some venues to let in more fans for the Euro 2020 tournament.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has not ruled out Ireland hosting games during this summer’s Euros despite being unable to give the assurances on fans that UEFA is seeking.

Host venues have a deadline of 7 April to inform the European football authorities of their planned stadium capacities.

Most national associations are relying on their governments to give them permission to open up stadiums to fans and the issue is whether they will be able to predict the situation in June ahead of next week’s deadline.

The Government yesterday announced a minimal relaxation of Covid-19 restrictions but despite the Taoiseach saying it would be “very challenging” for fans to return to Irish stadium this summer, he added that that would “not necessarily” mean Dublin will be unable to host its four scheduled Euro 2020 games.

Meanwhile no vote was taken on the reforms to the Champions League competition from 2024 with UEFA set to vote on the plans at their next executive meeting on 19 April.

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