Cardiff’s Principality Stadium could step in as one of the host venues for the Uefa Euro 2020 national team football tournament should Brussels be unable to fulfil its hosting obligations, according to the Daily Mail.
The newspaper reports that the 74,500-capacity stadium, formerly known as the Millennium Stadium, would be seen as the ideal replacement for Brussels if the Eurostadium project close to the Belgian capital is not constructed on time.
Fifa Council member Michel D’Hooghe recently expressed his “severe doubts” over Brussels’ capacity to stage games amid delays over the construction of the new 60,000-seat venue.
Euro 2020 is due to take place across 13 different countries as part of an innovative new hosting model introduced by Uefa, the governing body for European football.
Local authorities have yet to reach an agreement on construction plans for the new stadium, which had been due to serve as the home of Anderlecht before the Brussels-based Pro League club earlier this year opted to withdraw its plans to use the ground.
A Uefa spokesman told the Mail: “There are some concerns about the Eurostadium project, yet it is still possible to finish it within the agreed timetable.”
The Mail said that Uefa will discuss the matter at its executive meeting tomorrow (Thursday).
The Principality Stadium will host the Uefa Champions League final between Juventus and Real Madrid this Saturday.
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