As Euro 2020 heads towards its conclusion, and ever larger crowds flock to matches, there are increasing concerns about games becoming super-spreader events as the Delta variant of coronavirus fuels a rise in infections around Europe.
With vaccination progressing fast across the continent and people eagerly anticipating the holiday season, it is tempting to view large crowds at European Championship matches and gathering in cities as a sign of life returning to normal.
However there are particular concerns about upcoming games in London and Saint Petersburg, two cities particularly affected by the Delta variant.
“If we want to spread the Delta variant around Europe then this is the way to do it,” epidemiologist Antoine Flahault told AFP.
Friday’s quarterfinal between Spain and Switzerland will go ahead in Saint…