Dublin City Council has released a statement following the news that Dublin has lost its place as a Euro 2020 host city due no fans being able to attend matches at Aviva Stadium.
The council said: “The EURO 2020 team in Dublin City Council together with its partners, the FAI, the Aviva Stadium and the Irish Government began this process by submitting a bid to host games as far back as May 2013.
“Since then, dedicated staff from Dublin City Council have worked hard on this project and it is a shame that they could not see it through to a successful conclusion.
“Nevertheless Dublin City Council is very proud of their passion and professionalism.”
“While today is a disappointing day for football fans in the city and country, public safety must always come first,” said Owen Keegan, Chief Executive of Dublin City Council.
““I want to acknowledge the work of the EURO 2020 team in Dublin City Council who have put so much time and effort into this project and I would also like to wish St Petersburg well as they host the games.”
“Dublin City Council has built up a wealth of knowledge over the past 8 years in helping to plan for EURO 2020 and looks forward to helping deliver world class events of this type again in the future.”