UEFA EURO 2020
Matthew IsleSpecifically on St Petersburg hosting matches (and I guess Scotland qualification), has anyone an update on the WADA threats to ban Russia athletes and venues from all major events.
The press rumours now are that Russia will be found to have tried to deceive the WADA investigation and that they may be thrown out of international sporting competitions immediately. If so, Russia would lose their place at the Euro 2020 tournament and St Petersburg will have their hosting rights withdrawn.
There would have to be a new host city chosen. When Brussels was thrown off the roster for not building the promised new stadium, the cities competing for their hosting rights were Wembley, Cardiff and Stockholm. The rights were awarded to Wembley. St Petersburg is currently a host city for Group B. There is a 50/50 chance that Wales will be drawn into Group B anyway so, if Cardiff were still interested, they could become the other Group B host city. Choosing Stockholm or anywhere else would require a re-draw so that the host country could be placed into the group of the host city.
If Russia are thrown out, can we assume it will necessarily be the case that Scotland will replace them just because they were in the same qualification group ? There are 9 non-qualified teams who had a better record than Scotland in the qualification competition. Couldn't the spare place could go to one of them ? The highest ranked was Serbia.
If it is Scotland who are promoted to automatic qualification, I doubt whether there would be a draw to see who hosts the head to head : Wembley or Hampden Park. This is because the fixture list will already have been determined on 30th November. Besides, you could hardly refer to Scotland's luck as qualifying directly.
I saw these updates the other day and a few things came to mind:
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In reply to Will Arnold:
Russia banned for the 2022 world cup and Tokyo ,but ok for the euro's
In reply to Antony Cox:
I've just taken a look at the WADA web site. The Executive Committee has agreed that signatories to the WADA code should :- - not award any sporting events to Russia for 4 years, - if legally possible, withdraw hosting rights for any events which have already been awarded, - not allow Russian competitors to take part unless they can prove themselves to be "clean". Then, they will take part as individual athletes, as opposed to representatives of their country. Signatories to the WADA code are classified as "Olympic Movement", "National Anti-Doping Organisations" and "Outside the Olympic Movement". FIFA is a signatory to the code in their capacity as a member of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations. UEFA is not a signatory, possibly because they are not the world governing body for football (they are subservient to FIFA) nor are they involved in the Olympic movement. It appears that, because Euro 2020 is not organised by FIFA, and because UEFA is not regarded as a Major Event Organisation, they don't have to withdraw participation or hosting rights from Russia for Euro 2020. If this is the reason, then it would imply that Russia can also participate in the 2020-21 Nations League. We'll have to see what UEFA do for that. But Russia will not be allowed to take part in the World Cup 2022, including the qualifiers, as this event is organised by FIFA. So, presumably, the UEFA qualification groups will now be 6 groups of 5 teams and 4 groups of 6 teams.
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