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DUBROVNIK—Taking a cautious
approach to the 2022 World Cup
debate, UEFA president Michel Pla-
tini said yesterday his member
countries had not fully committed
to moving the tournament in Qatar
Platini said “probably no decision
will be taken” on October 3-4, when
FIFA president Sepp Blatter has said
his executive committee should decide
“in principle” that the tournament
cannot be played in the Qatari sum-
“In terms of the specifics, we don’t
know what’s going to happen,” Platini
said of the FIFA meeting which has
become the focus of intense specu-
lation. Platini got unanimous approval
for a switch from summer from his
54 member associations this week at
a European football meeting.
“We haven’t said that we agreed
fully,” Platini said at a briefing to close
the four-day gathering. “What will
happen, that’s more complicated and
it’s hard to discuss.”
Platini, who opted for Qatar in the
December 2010 vote, favours playing
in winter and prefers a January slot.
Still, he acknowledged yesterday
that “maybe it won’t be possible
down the line” to change from sum-
Opinion in Europe is divided with
Platini having to weigh opposition
from the influential European clubs,
leagues and players’ unions who
refused Thursday to agree any
changes in Qatar’s World Cup hosting
plan before being included in detailed
consultation with FIFA.
“It’s a complicated discussion, let’s
let Mr Blatter carry out that discus-
sion,” said Platini.
Platini appeared to show some
frustration with Blatter, who this week
repeated an old claim that his former
protege was influenced by French
political and trade interests to support
Qatar, which defeated the United
States, Australia, Japan and South
Korea to secure the 2022 tournament.
“With the extraordinary experience
Mr Blatter has, he has only all of a
sudden realised there are economic
and political influences when we
decide who is going to host Olympic
Games and so forth,” Platini said.
“It’s better late than never.” (AP)
DUBROVNIK—A total of 32 countries have pro-
posed 39 different cities to host matches at the
2020 European Championship, UEFA said yester-
The national associations—representing more than
half of the 54 UEFA countries—have not yet specified
if they want to stage the final.
“It’s an excellent piece of news and this shows
that the idea was a good one,” UEFA President Michel
Platini said through a translator.
Platini suggested the broad hosting plan to reduce
construction costs for host nations and travel expenses
for fans. UEFA will choose the 13 host cities for the
24-team tournament in September 2014.
One city will host the final and both semifinals,
with Istanbul the likely favourite after Turkey was
edged by France to host Euro 2016. Twelve cities will
each host a package of three group matches and one
Platini announced the innovative project on the
eve of the final for Euro 2012, which was co-hosted
by Poland and Ukraine and cost of billions of dollars
to upgrade stadiums, airports, roads and other building
projects. He said he expected some countries to drop
out of the race before the April deadline to submit
a bid dossier.
UEFA has said the project should take its marquee
tournament to countries which could not stage it
Applicants include Armenia (Yerevan), Azerbaijan
(Baku), Belarus (Minsk) and Israel (Jersualem). (AP)
DUBROVNIK—UEFA wants to deny losing national
cup finalists a Europa League entry, making it harder
for lower-tier clubs to qualify.
Clubs losing a cup final against an opponent which
also qualifies for the Champions League should not
take the Europa League place, UEFA said yesterday.
Instead, the Europa League entry should go to the
next best team in the standings.
UEFA’s executive committee has asked its club
competitions panel to update the rule from 2015.
In other decisions, UEFA allocated Gibraltar one
entry for its clubs in qualifying for the Champions
League and Europa League next season, after the
54th national member joined the European body in
UEFA also brought forward the 2014 Super Cup
date, which pairs the winners of the two European
The 2014 match will be played on August 12 in
Wales at Cardiff City’s stadium. (AP)
Platini says 2022 World Cup debate still open
32 cities hope
to host Euro
Losing cup finalists
to miss out on
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