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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Jul 22, 2008

German FA deny Euro 2012 UEFA approach

The German Football Association have dismissed a report that appeared in the UK's Daily Telegraph newspaper on Monday claiming they have been approached by UEFA to step in and co-host Euro 2012 with Poland.

According to the report, the 2006 World Cup hosts had been put on standby to rescue the tournament after planning for work on stadium upgrades in Ukraine fell behind schedule.

However, German FA (DFB) president Dr Theo Zwanziger is refusing to jump the gun ahead of a UEFA meeting in Bordeaux at the end of September.

'We are not getting involved in any imaginary games or speculation about the 2012 European Championships,' he told Tuesday's Bild newspaper.

'Should there be any difficulties, then UEFA president (Michel) Platini will make suggestions.'

After staging one of the most successful tournaments in recent years in 2006, Germany has already been tipped as a reserve host for the 2010 World Cup should South Africa have any problems, or suffer a natural disaster, that would prevent them from hosting the event.

The DFB have already distanced themselves from such reports with Zwanziger recently saying Germany is 'fundamentally not ready for the 2010 World Cup' and that they would be 'barking up the wrong tree' in trying to repeat the atmosphere of the 2006 World Cup so soon.

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