Platini Euro 2020 plan "lacks heart and soul" claims Blatter
Thursday, 14 March 2013
March 14 - Plans to hold the 2020 UEFA European Championships across the continent have been criticised by Sepp Blatter, President of FIFA.
Euro 2020 will be held in 13 cities across the continent with the semi-finals and final being played in the same stadium, UEFA announced in January.
The revolutionary plan was hatched because of the lack of single country bidders with Platini's choice, Turkey, refusing to commit themselves until they knew whether Istanbul's bid to host the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics had been successful or not.
But Blatter claimed the UEFA President was ruining the tournament to such an extent it no longer deserved to keep its present name.
"A tournament should be played in one country," he told German magazine Kicker.
"That is how you create identity and euphoria.
"They have fragmented the 2020 tournament.
"So it is not a European Championship any more. It has to have a different name.
"I do not know what name.
"Such a Euro lacks heart and soul."
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