UK and Ireland set to host Euro 2028 despite Wembley issues at Euro 2020

The United Kingdom and Ireland are set to host Euro 2028 after an unopposed bid for the competition, despite the issues that surrounded the Euro 2020 final at Wembley.

England hosted the culmination of the Euro 2020 tournament, but the eventual defeat of the Three Lions to Italy was overshadowed by serious problems which occurred around London, while several thousand supporters breached the stadium without tickets.

As a result, England have been forced to play one game behind closed doors, and fined 10,000 euros.

However, according to the Daily Mail, they could still be in line to host the 2028 edition of the tournament. This comes as Turkey are expected to pull out of the running, while Russia's bid is obviously no longer under consideration after Vladimir Putin decided to invade Ukraine last week.

And, according to the report, the violence of the last tournament is thought to have been overlooked for a range or reasons.

'The violence that marred last summer’s Euro 2020 final at Wembley has not been held against the FA’s involvement in the bid, with UEFA viewing it as a one-off event caused by England’s first major final appearance for 55 years and a mass release of frustration following the emergence from lockdown — as well as placing much of the blame at the door of the Metropolitan Police for their poor security operation', the Mail claim.

Where will it be played?

Should the tournament return to the UK, several stadiums are in the running to host games.

Hampden Park in Scotland, the Principality Stadium in Wales and Dublin's Aviva Stadium are all guaranteed to host games outside of England.

In England, too, Wembley and the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium would also host games, while there a wide range of other stadiums up and down the country to host further ties, as the image provided by the Daily Mail below shows.

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