Platini defends Euro2020 in 12 or 13 European cities

UEFA President, French Michel Platini, on Saturday launched the idea of holding the 2020 European football in 12 or 13 cities across Europe, rather than one or two countries.

The idea was launched during the meeting of the Executive Committee of the body that governs European football, held in Kiev, the scene of Sunday`s Euro2012 final between Spain and Italy.

The UEFA Executive Committee decided to give up to December this year or January next as deadlines to decide on this matter, which, if approved, would be an unprecedented achievement in the year that will be celebrated 60 years of existence League .

"I`ll make an announcement that will surprise. I had the idea of seeing the Euro in 2020 across Europe. It is an idea and the Executive Committee agreed that this can be reflected. There will be meetings with federations and decisions are taken in December or January, "Platini said during the press conference swing Euro2012.

For the leader of the UEFA Euro2020 in the 12/13 cities across Europe would be a way to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the championship, stressing: "It`s an idea that pleases me very much, and most dop executive committee also found which is a beautiful idea. "

"Why require one or two host countries to build 10 new stadiums, airports? Thus, there would be a stadium by country, city, across Europe, would be much simpler and less expensive. It`s an idea, there is nothing decided," said.

Asked about the costs due to movements of fans throughout Europe, Platini said: "There are companies` low-cost", but will certainly be a great debate, with pros and cons, I think it is a great debate. "

While the idea enters your being discussed at present stated their intention to organize the event the former Soviet republics of Azerbaijan and Georgia, to compete jointly and Ireland, Scotland and Wales, in a bid to three. Regarding the Turkish application the situation is unclear, since the interest in organizing the Euro may clash with the candidacy for the Olympics the same year, whose host city will be announced on September 7, 2013.

The European Championship will meet yet another change before 2020, when the final move from the current 16 to 24 teams competing in 2016, proves to be held in France.

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