The British government faced accusations of mixed messaging on Wednesday that could threaten its plan to fully lift lockdown restrictions in England next month after it decided to allow more than 60,000 people inside Wembley Stadium for the latter stages of the European Championship.

Following a request from UEFA, European football’s governing body, to allow more fans inside the London stadium for the semifinals on July 6 and 7 and the final on July 11, Britain agreed to increase Wembley’s 90,000-seat capacity to 75%. That will make the three matches the largest gatherings at a sporting event since the coronavirus pandemic took root in the country in March 2020.

In contrast, only around 20,000 people were inside the stadium on Tuesday night when England beat the Czech Republic 1-0.

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EURO 2020: Wembley to have crowd of 60,000 for semis and final – UK govt

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