Euro bus parade in England to be scheduled after Ukraine win, but Covid could cause problems
The FA will start preparing for a possible parade for England if Gareth Southgate’s men reach the Euro semi-finals.
The Three Lions face Ukraine in the quarter-finals in Rome tomorrow night with the chance to advance to the final four.
If the Southgate team were to reach the final and win the tournament for the first time in history, the public clamor for a victory parade would be huge.
But with Covid-19 restrictions still in place due to the ongoing pandemic, FA bosses believe a bus tour around London would not be possible.
The FA believes this would be inappropriate under the current circumstances, with infection rates still of concern, and would consider other options.
This includes organizing a paid event at a chosen location in or near the capital for a number of supporters.
Tickets would be available on ballot and one option could be to open Wembley Stadium, which will host the final on June 11 in front of at least 60,000 fans.
England have never won the Euro and have not won a major tournament since the 1966 World Cup.
The England Rugby Union held open top bus parades around London after winning the World Cups in 2003 and the cricket team did the same after winning the Ashes in 2005, both events causing chaotic scenes.
The FA have not considered a possible parade so far, but would have no choice but to consider options if Southgate’s men beat Ukraine this weekend.