Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Football | France

France to host Euro 2016 at 11 venues



France will be allowed to host Euro 2016 at 11 venues rather than the previously announced nine, Uefa president Michel Platini said on Thursday.

The decision means that Toulouse and St Etienne, reserve cities until now, will join the list of fully-fledged hosts.

Platini said the request from the French organisers made sense as 24 teams will take part in the tournament rather than the present 16.

"With 20-odd extra matches to play, it makes perfect sense and it will allow us to distribute revenue of the competition in the fairest manner," Platini told reporters.

"It will be good for them to be included and will help the improve the infrastructure of football throughout France.

"I believe the decision of the executive committee was extremely good, it represents common sense and what's best for football, hosts cities and the organising country."

Platini said very high standards would be expected from host cities.

"We know some cities may have some trouble and we may come down from 11 cities to nine," he said. "But that's better than coming down from nine to seven."

Matches will also be played at the Stade de France and Parc des Princes in Paris, Nancy, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Lens, Bordeaux and Nice.



Comments

More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Other Live Streaming

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Sports Talk



Dr Errol Sweeney
Armchair refs make me sick
There’s a great expression by Clint Eastwood in one of his “Dirty Harry” movies that epitomises...

Segun Odegbami
Worries for Enrique, Mourinho and Oliseh
Three international coaches have been on my mind this week. The first is Luis Enrique.

Neil Tovey
Rakhale – kasi star on the rise
Thabo Rakhale has come on in leaps and bounds as a player since he debuted for Sivutsa Stars during...

Emeka Enyadike
All eyes on Coutinho
Phillippe Coutinho produced one of the standout moments of the opening week of the Premier League.

Calvin Emeka Onwuka
De Gea won't determine United's season
I watched Manchester United’s EPL match at a snow bound White Hart Lane in January 2013.

Sunday Oliseh
EPL will be a heated battle
Many thought it would be business as usual for Chelsea as they took on Arsenal at the Wembley...