Dublin has been removed from the list of host cities for the European Championship because the government could not guarantee at least 25% fan capacity, and will instead be replaced with the Russian city of St. Petersburg. “It’s just too soon,” said Táinaiste Leo Varadkar.

Dublin was among three host cities – also including Bilbao, Spain, and Munich, Germany – which were given 4 days to clarify whether they could allow a minimum of 25% capacity of fans in the stands.

Speaking yesterday, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said June was “too soon” to have fans in attendance at the Aviva Stadium.

“The last I heard was that the organisers [UEFA] were looking at us to commit to have at least 25% of the stadium full,” he said on Today FM this week.

“We’re cautious about that. We just think June is too soon. I think if they continue to insist on that, it will be hard for that to go ahead, which is unfortunate.”

As a result, Dublin is set to be replaced with Russia’s St. Petersburg, while Bilbao will be replaced with the Spanish city of Seville. Munich will retain its position as a host city.

“Seville and St Petersburg – officially!,” tweeted Zbigniew Boniek, a member of the UEFA executive committee.

“There is a bit of work ahead of us…we start over – camp, journey and all the logistics.”

The Aviva Stadium had been due to host games involving Slovakia, Sweden, and Poland, but now these will be hosted in Russia. There was additionally a last-16 tie planned, but now this will take place in Wembley.

Individuals who had purchased tickets for the Dublin games have until Monday to claim their refund according to UEFA.