Platini: Multi-nation Euro would be one-off
UEFA members are still weighing all options for the 2020 European Championship, including the plan of spreading the tournament across 12 cities around Europe, president Michel Platini said on Monday.
Platini said UEFA was waiting from feedback from the 53 European member associations before making a decision -- in the past the European Championships have been in just one or two countries -- but stressed that his multi-host idea would be a one-off for that tournament only.
"Sometimes it is a bit costly and some countries cannot host the Euros because of the forbidding cost," Platini told a news conference in St Petersburg. "We are waiting for feedback to say whether they like it or not and whether in 2020 we can organize a Euro in several European cities -- but only 2020 mind you."
The English Football Association has already registered its interest in hosting the Euro 2020 final at Wembley Stadium should the new format be brought in.
"It is an idea that will be discussed by all national associations within their relevant meetings," Platini said. "It is an idea and that concerns the 60th anniversary of the Euros in 2020, and to carry the game further than just played in one country but extend it to 12 European cities."
Meanwhile, Gibraltar has been admitted as a provisional member of UEFA after a long battle by the tiny British colony.
The Gibraltar FA is one of the oldest in the world but its inclusion in UEFA was blocked by Spain until a victory in August in the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
UEFA said a decision on the admission of the Gibraltar as a full member would be taken at the Congress in London in May.
Information from Press Association was used in this report.