Guest of RMC this Wednesday, Michel Platini defended his Euro organized in several European countries. Instigator of this ambitious but criticized project, the former UEFA president is pleased that this format benefits “some countries to receive the Euro when they will never organize it”.
Before falling with a crash in Romania (Bucharest), in the round of 16 of the Euro, the France team went through Germany (Munich) and Hungary (Budapest), in the group stage. An unprecedented case in the history of the European Championships, applied to all the countries entered until the last four of the competition which will take place in its entirety in London, within the walls of Wembley.
Imagined then set up by Michel Platini when he was president of UEFA (2007-2015), this Euro to the four corners of the continent has allowed certain countries to benefit from superb duels since June 11. He is also widely criticized by the selections which must multiply the hours of the plane, as well as the strict and variable health controls according to each host country.
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“The UEFA president must not always please the French, the Germans or the Italians”
Invited this Wednesday of the “Intégrale Euro” on RMC, Platini defended his baby. “Let us not forget that if I had done this, it was to celebrate the 60 years of European football and allow certain countries to receive the Euro when they will never organize it, he recalled. . The UEFA president must not always please the French, the Germans or the Italians. He must take care of the development of football throughout Europe. “
And the 66-year-old former French leader to go further in his thinking: “When you have new infrastructure in Copenhagen, Glasgow or Bucharest, it allows other countries to develop, and to develop football. I think it was a great thing to give countries the possibility of having the Euro once. “