The European football association UEFA has reached a settlement with the Spanish city of Bilbao, where three group matches and a quarter-final of the Euro 2020 were originally to be played. UEFA will reimburse all costs incurred in the amount of 1.3 million euros and promised that the San Mames stadium will also be able to play host to a Europa League final and a Champions League final for women in the coming years.
In April, it was announced that Bilbao would no longer be one of the host cities for the upcoming European Championship. The Basque city was unable to comply with the UEFA requirement to admit spectators, after which the European Football Association decided to move to Seville. However, the Basque authorities were not pleased with this demarche and talked about breach of contract. A lawsuit was also threatened.
It will not come to that in the end, because both parties reached a compromise. UEFA will reimburse all costs already incurred, totaling 1.3 million euros. In addition, Bilbao will also be allocated a Europa League final and a Champions League final for women in the coming years.