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Notes from an Uprooted Englishwoman

When you’re running one of the most popular sport tournaments on the planet but it’s been delayed by a year because everyone keeps getting sick, what’s the best way to make sure people are watching when you finally get round to kick-off? If you’re a European soccer association, it’s apparently by making sure there’s nothing remotely normal about the event.

It’s not that Euro 2021 has been scheduled at strange times or is being held in an odd location – it’s business as usual for the basics. It’s more that the pitch has been beset by one strange event after another since...