UEFA President Michel Platini has come up with an idea to host the UEFA EURO 2020 in twelve cities across Europe, while adressing the media one day ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 final in Kiev.
“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.”
The UEFA supremo has stated that he would officialy suggest his idea to the UEFA Executive Committee in December and that a decision would be taken by January 2012.
“This matter will be discussed very seriously,” the Frenchman told. “We will have a great debate about 2020 and discuss the pros and cons. It’s an idea I feel really passionate about, it will be a lot easier from a financial perspective.”
Turkey had been favourites to host the event in 2020 so far, while Scotland, Wales and the Republic of Ireland have already expressed their desire to hand in a joint bid to host the European Championship. Georgia and Azerbaijan are also said to be interested to pitch jointly for the final in 2020.
But Platini’s idea to host the UEFA EURO 2020 in up to 13 countries could abandon the bidding process for the tournament.
“We are not going to wait until we know whether Turkey are going to get the Olympics. It creates a problem for us. We do have other candidates. Everyone has the possibility to host it. 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,” Platini continued to plea for his idea.
“We are just thinking about it. I have said 12 or 13 host cities, it could be 24 or 32. We are not at that stage yet. It is the political decision that needs to be made. We wouldn’t have to build stadiums or airports. That could be important in an economic crisis,” Platini signed off.