No NFL for London in 2020!


The NFL has cancelled the four games scheduled to take place in London later this year.

Two fixtures involving the Jacksonville Jaguars were scheduled for Wembley, with two more matches due to be played at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

They will now be held in the US after organisers decided it was impossible to arrange games in a different continent because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The London games were set for autumn 2020, but no firm dates had been set.

It will be the first time an NFL regular season game has not been played in London since 2006.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell made the decision after consultation with a number of stakeholders including clubs, local governments and medical authorities.

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said it was “absolutely the right decision to ensure the safety of everyone involved in the sport”, while Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy said they “fully appreciate the difficult decision that the NFL has had to make”.

The NFL had also been planning to play one game at the Azteca Stadium in Mexico, but that too will now take place in the USA.

NFL UK managing director Alistair Kirkwood added: “The NFL’s London Games have become a major part of the NFL season and the UK sports calendar.

“But the uncertainty in the current sporting landscape and the tremendous amount of long-term travel and planning required to stage successful London games mean this is the sensible decision to make.”

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