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Report: Dublin could lose Euro games as UEFA consider single venue

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Dublin could lose its status as a host city for Euro 2020. 

The 16th instalment of the European Championships is scheduled to be played across twelve different cities in the summer of 2021.

The tournament has already been postponed as a result of COVID-19 pandemic, and its impact on the continent.

With coronavirus infections on the rise across Europe, there are renewed concerns that a pared down version of the Euros may be required.

Dublin's Aviva Stadium is due to host a total four games, including Group E encounters involving Poland, Sweden and one of Northern Ireland or Bosnia-Herzegovina.

The Lansdowne Road venue is also due to be the stage for one last-16 match.

Baku's Olympic Stadium, the Allianz Arena in Munich, Wembley Stadium, Rome's Stadio Olimpico, Hampden Park in Glasgow, the Puskas Arena in Budapest, St. Petersburg's Gazprom Arena, the San Mames in Bilbao, Amsterdam's Johann Cruyff Arena, the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen, and Bucharest's National Stadium are the other confirmed hosts.

However, Le Parisien claim that Russia is in pole position to act as singular host of Euro 2020.

The country was most recently the venue for the 2018 World Cup, won by France.

"We are always concerned about the situation (but) we are absolutely sure that the Euros will be played," UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin told Movistar in Spain last month.

"The plan is that we do the Euro exactly as it is.

"But I have to say that, instead of 12 countries, we could do a Euro instead in 11, in eight, in five or in one country."

Russia's borders have been closed since March 18, but cases have increased steadily since hitting a three-month low (4,676 per day) in late-August.

28,473 people are reported to have died with coronavirus in Russia, from a total number of cases in excess of 1.6m.

UEFA is yet to comment on the reports.

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