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SBD Global/April 22, 2013/International Football

Wales Unlikely To Host Euro 2020 Games; Platini Says It Lacks Infrastructure

UEFA President Michel Platini said that Cardiff, Wales "is unlikely to be one of the 13 cities chosen to stage matches in the 2020 European Championship," according to the BBC. The FA of Wales hopes the Millennium Stadium "will be used under the competition's new format." But Platini said that Wales' capital city "lacks the necessary infrastructure to deal with the tournament's demands." Platini: "It's about the hospitality, the hotel rooms and the problem of the international airport. Wales have the stadium but you need the airport, the hotel rooms, you need many things and that could be where Wales will have to work if they want to be a host city for Euro 2020." Bids "to stage the Champions League final in future are likely to fail on the same grounds that Platini raised in relation to Euro 2020." Platini: "There is not enough hotel rooms in the city, there is not enough space around for the hospitality" (BBC, 4/21).
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