Plat’s That, No Euros for Ireland

There’ll be no repeat of the scenes in Poland last summer on the cobbled streets of Temple Bar. Unless Dublin is included in Michel Platini’s Euro vision. Ireland’s joint bid with Wales and Scotland to host the 2020 European Championship is dead before it got off the ground. UEFA have granted Platini’s wish to spread the tournament across several cities.

General Secretary Gianni Infantino made the announcement today but there may yet be hope for Dublin to play a part.

“Some important decisions have been taken. UEFA Euro 2020 will be staged across the continent, in various major cities, following a decision taken today. A Euro for Europe follows an initial idea by UEFA president Michel Platini. The response has been extremely positive from all the national associations.”

The confirmation also means an end to the bids of Turkey, Georgia, and Azerbaijan.

The FAI may still decide to propose Dublin as a host city, with the bidding process beginning next March. The widely-praised staging of the Europa League final here in 2011 is sure to boost the capital’s chances.

UEFA president Platini has said this will be one-off after his home country France stages the 2016 edition. It just happens to be the time Ireland was in the running.

Scuppered by the French again.

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