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Euro 2020: Angela Merkel tells Boris Johnson she is “very worried” that the number of fans at Wembley may be “a little too much” | Politics News

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has told Boris Johnson of her “grave concern” over the number of football fans allowed to attend Euro 2020 matches at Wembley Stadium.

Three days after Germany lost 2-0 to England in front of more than 40,000 supporters at the London venue, Mrs Merkel suggested that the number of people admitted was “too many”.

Soccer Football - Euro 2020 - Round of 16 - England v Germany - Wembley Stadium, London, Great Britain - June 29, 2021 English fans celebrate their first goal scored by Raheem Sterling Pool via REUTERS / Carl Recine TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Over 40,000 fans were in attendance to watch England beat Germany

“I say this with deep concern. I also said this to the Prime Minister,” Merkel told reporters afterwards. meet with Mr Johnson at the Prime Minister’s official retirement at Checkers, Buckinghamshire.

“In Germany, as you know, fewer people attend matches in the Munich stadium, but the British government will obviously make its own decision.

“But I’m very worried if it’s a bit too much.”

While more than 40,000 fans were allowed to attend the England v Germany match, the matches played in Munich attracted less than 15,000 fans.

For the semi-finals and the final of Euro 2020, which are all to be played at Wembley, more than 60,000 fans are expected to be admitted, or two-thirds of the stadium’s capacity.

Speaking alongside Merkel at Checkers, the prime minister said fans were allowed to attend sporting events “in a very careful and controlled manner” and that there were no plans to restrict the numbers further.

“Of course, we will follow the scientific advice, the advice if we receive such a suggestion,” he said.

“But, at the moment, the position is very clear in the UK. We have some events that we can organize in a careful and controlled manner by testing everyone who goes there.

“In the UK we have built a very significant wall of immunity against the disease through our vaccination program.”

General view of the action in the UEFA Euro 2020 Round of 16 at Wembley Stadium, London.  Picture date: Tuesday June 29, 2021.
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