Boris Johnson eyes "bonanza of football" in UK with Euro 2020 and World Cup vow


Boris Johnson has offered to host all European Championship fixtures in the UK this summer – and he also has his sights set on hosting the World Cup in 2030.

UEFA arranged for postponed Euro 2020 to be played at 12 separate venues across the continent, but many claim such a plan is unfeasible amid the coronavirus pandemic.

With Wembley already due to stage seven matches including both semi-finals and the final, the prime minister is more than happy to host further games in the UK.

Johnson told The Sun : “We are hosting the Euros. We are hosting the semis and the final.



Johnson has his sights set on hosting Euro 2020 and the 2030 World Cup
Johnson has his sights set on hosting Euro 2020 and the 2030 World Cup

“If there’s, you know, if they want any other matches that they want hosted, we’re certainly on for that but at the moment that’s where we are with UEFA.”

Hampden Park is also set to host four matches: three group-stage fixtures and a last-16 clash.

With the offer of hosting further fixtures on the table, the government is aiming to kick off a “bonanza” of football over the next decade.

Johnson and Chancellor Rishi Sunak will reportedly announce in Wednesday’s Budget that £2.8million will be put towards a joint-pitch with Ireland to host the 2030 World Cup.



The prime minister has offered to host further Euros matches in the UK
The prime minister has offered to host further Euros matches in the UK

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“We are very, very keen to bring football home in 2030. I do think it’s the right place,” said Johnson.

“It’s the home of football, it’s the right time. It will be an absolutely wonderful thing for the country.”

The prime minister hopes hosting this summer’s Euros will prove to be the ideal platform to add substance to the UK and Ireland’s World Cup 2030 bid.

Further, Johnson hopes a festival of football over the next decade will help to inspire the nation to “build back fitter” from the coronavirus pandemic.

He added: “We want to bounce back better, but also we want to do much more to encourage sport in this country post pandemic.”

As such, the treasury will put £25million towards grassroots football – enough for 700 new pitches across the country.

Meanwhile, Sunak will pledge a further £1.2million to ensure the Women’s European Championships take place in England in July 2022.

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