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Tuesday, May 15, 2012
ESPNsoccernet: May 16, 2:43 PM UK
Euros bid for Scotland, Ireland, Wales

ESPN staff

Scotland, Wales and the Republic of Ireland have confirmed that they are keen to submit a bid to co-host the 2020 European Championship.

The trio will have to fight Turkey for the right to host Euro 2020, with footballing minnows Georgia also keen to throw their hat into the ring.

The Football Association of Ireland (FAI) said in a statement: "The FAI has confirmed that it will join the Scottish FA and the Welsh FA in putting forward an expression of interest to host UEFA Euro 2020.

"The expression of interest is preliminary after the principle was discussed and is being put forward by the three associations so that the opportunity can be explored in more detail.

"At this stage no bids would be expected or required by UEFA for at least 18 months.''

The Scottish FA issued a similar statement saying: "We can confirm that we have had initial discussions on the principle of a joint bid with both Wales and the Republic of Ireland and have declared our interest to UEFA in order that we can fully explore the opportunity in more detail.

"At this stage no bids are expected by UEFA in relation to Euro 2020. These will not be required for at least 18 months."

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