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A minister said the government was trying to “accommodate” Euro 2020 “as much as possible” – amid reports thousands of VIPs will be granted non-quarantine access to England for the final.

The semi-finals and final of the tournament are set to take place at Wembley Stadium in London next month.

And, according to The Times, around 2,500 senior UEFA and FIFA officials, politicians, sponsors and broadcasters could be exempted from self-isolation upon arrival in England.

The newspaper said the government feared the semi-finals and final would be moved to Hungary, which should soon loosen COVID border restrictions significantly, if they did not ease the rules for VIPs coming to England for flagship football matches.

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Minister on Football VIPs do not quarantine

Under England’s current border restrictions, only those traveling from 11 ‘green list’ countries are not required to self-quarantine upon arrival.

These include a number of islands in the South Atlantic as well as countries – such as Australia and New Zealand – that currently do not allow international travel.

No Euro 2020 participating country – with the exception of England, Scotland and Wales – is on the green travel list.

Sky News understands that ministers are still working on details with UEFA and the Football Association, although no decision has yet been taken on possible exemptions for VIPs.

Any decision to exempt VIPs from quarantine rules would spark a public backlash, with many Britons unable to book holidays abroad this summer due to the limited number of countries on the green list.

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There are reportedly concerns that the flagship matches could be moved to Hungary – where COVID rules are more relaxed

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