Hull’s Liberal Democrat group have backed calls for next year’s re-scheduled European Championships to be held in England.
EURO 2020 was postponed earlier this year due to the coronavirus pandemic that led to the pausing of football across the continent for a number of months, leading to the competition planned for June and July of this year being pushed back to 2021.
Original plans for the tournament were for matches to be held in multiple cities across the continent to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the competition being formed in 1960. However, those plans have been further discussed following the coronavirus pandemic, leading for some calls for the amount of cities holding next year’s quadrennial competition to be reduced.
The Liberal Democrat group for Hull has backed calls for the tournament to be held solely across England, with the KCOM Stadium, the home of Hull City and Hull FC, to be one of the venues that holds matches in the competition.
Ed Davey, the acting leader of the party, feels that if the tournament was to be held in England, Wembley should not be the sole host venue and the party believe that local economies deserve a boost following the recent financial struggles caused by the pandemic.
“Hosting matches at next year’s Euro championship is exactly boost this city needs,” said Lib Dem Cllr Jack Haines in a statement.
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“It would be great for the local economy as well as bring some international focus on the city.
“I hope residents, politicians and people from all across the city can get behind this idea and once again put Hull in the limelight.”
Next year will see the KCOM Stadium host Australia’s meeting with Fiji in the 2021 Rugby League World Cup.