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Michel Platini Suggests Euro 2020 Finals Could Be Held In Cities Across Europe

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Uefa president Michel Platini says the 2020 European Championship could be spread across various cities in Europe, rather than having a single host.

Traditionally one or two countries have hosted the tournament, which is being held in Poland and Ukraine this summer.

The next competition in 2016 will be hosted by France.

“The Euros in 2020 could be held all over Europe,” said Platini. “It could be either one country and 12 stadiums, or one stadium in 12 or 13 cities.”

SOURCE: BBC Sport

Has Michel Platini thought this through? Are these plans, much like the idiotic decision to expand the European Championships from 16 to 24 nations, merely a fresh way of making as much money as possible and ignoring pleas of both national team federations and supporters of the countries concerned?

The UEFA chief goes on to state.

“It is easier to go from London to Paris or Berlin than Cardiff to Gdansk. It would be four games per venue. It is a great debate.”
“We are just thinking about it. I have said 12 or 13 host cities, it could be 24 or 32. In these days of cheap air travel anything is possible.”

So presumably this would mean longer spells between games so as to suit nations and fans of each country who have to get from a to b. This is on top of the increase in games created by the expansion of a tournament.

One has to wonder why Platini has made such a suggestion. If it’s not broken, why try to fix it? Remember in 1992 there were only eight participants in the European Championship, this was increased to 16 in 1996, which seems just about the right total.

Also why the need to re-jig the tournament by choosing a selection of host nations? Would that mean that all those ‘hosting’ would not have to qualify? Well how would that work?

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