The Straits Times
Published on Dec 07, 2012

Euro 2020 to take place across Europe: Uefa


LAUSANNE (AFP) - Uefa's executive committee has given the green light to holding the European championships in 2020 across the continent, the ruling body's Secretary-General Gianni Infantino said on Thursday.

Former French captain Michel Platini, who is president of Uefa, first mooted the idea of holding the tournament in a number of cities earlier this year, as a way of avoiding high costs at a time of dire financial constraints in many countries.

"Uefa Euro 2020 will be staged across the continent, in various major cities, following a decision taken today," said Mr Infantino, calling the tournament in eight years' time "A Euro for Europe".

The response has been extremely positive from all the national associations, he added, apart from Turkey.