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UEFA to allow five substitutions at European Championships this summer and drop capacity restrictions

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UEFA is enhance player safety measure and potentially increase attendance for Euro 2020 fixtures.

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In a move that will give Bayern Munich fans a little sense of relief from a wear-and-tear standpoint, UEFA has ruled that it will allow five substitutes at the European Championships this summer (aka, the UEFA Euro 2020 competition).

Sky Sports captured UEFA’s ruling within its own report:

Teams will be able to make up to five substitutions at Euro 2020 after approval was given by UEFA’s executive committee.

The measures, designed to help balance player workload in a season compressed by the coronavirus pandemic, will also apply for the UEFA Nations League finals and relegation play-offs, UEFA said.

In addition, UEFA has also lifted the 30% capacity limited for venues and will let local regulators determine how fans are allowed in stadiums:

The ruling committee of European football’s governing body has also approved the lifting of the 30 per cent capacity limit on venues hosting UEFA matches.

Capacity limits will now be determined by the relevant local authority — a move that will allow some venues to let in more fans for the Euro 2020 tournament.

Clearly, UEFA is preparing for the best of both worlds: A conservative approach to keep players healthy with larger roster sizes, but a liberal approach to letting local authorities determine venue capacities.

Hopefully with vaccinations becoming more prevalent, allowing larger crowds will not be as big an issue as it might seem like at this moment.