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Nyon: Wembley Stadium in London will host four Euro 2020 matches originally set to be staged in Brussels, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said on Thursday.

The Belgian city has been dropped from the 13-nation hosting plan because of delays in the construction of a new stadium.

The decision means that Wembley will stage seven games in total - the final, both semi-finals, a last-16 match and three group games - resulting in the biggest festival of worldwide football in the country since Euro 96.

UEFA's Executive Committee revealed following a meeting today that Brussels had failed to provide the necessary documentation regarding the 60,000-capacity Eurostadium in Grimbergen, which has not yet been built.

Despite being in the running as alternative options, Cardiff's Principality Stadium and Stockholm's Friends Arena missed out on the chance to replace Brussels.

UEFA selected Rome's Stadio Olimpico to be the venue for the opening game of the 24-team tournament, despite interest from Glasgow's Hampden Park.

"We received a letter yesterday that 31st of January there will be a final decision but the decision - yes or no - they don't know".

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"It's a high risk for UEFA if we wait".

"Uefa ranked the Champions League final as one of their best events and praised the way in which the Cardiff 2017 local organising committee delivered the showpiece".

In response to the decision, the Football Association of Wales (FAW) said they were "extremely disappointed" and have written to UEFA for an explanation.

Euro 2010 is the first European Championship to be played under a new format with group games spread across a number of countries.

The quarter-finals and three group matches will be held in Munich (Germany), Baku (Azerbaijan), Rome (Italy) and St Petersburg (Russia).

Each qualified host country will play a minimum of two games at home.

The other host cities that will hold three group games and a last 16 game are Copenhagen (Denmark), Bucharest (Romania), Amsterdam (Netherlands), Bilbao (Spain), Budapest (Hungary) and now London.

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