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Friday, December 7, 2012
FA 'push' for Euro 2020 final

ESPN staff

Football Association chairman David Bernstein insists Wembley should host the Euro 2020 final following UEFA's decision to stage the tournament in up to 13 cities across the continent.

Bernstein confirmed that the FA will bid to host the final and semi-finals, while Wales and Scotland have also stated they will bid for matches - including a potential bid for a final in Glasgow.

Wembley will be the setting for the 2013 Champions League final, and Bernstein believes it would be a fitting venue for a European Championship held throughout Europe.

"Clearly Wembley is incredibly highly thought of by UEFA and it is something we will push for," Bernstein said earlier.

"UEFA want to hold the semi-finals and the final on the same ground, or in the same city and I think we would be on their shortlist - but there would be some strong competition.

"The public want it and we'd want it and it would be wonderful to have it here."

Football Association of Wales chief executive Jonathan Ford confirmed a bid to stage matches at the Millennium Stadium will be put forward to UEFA.

"This rules us very much in. We now have to see how can this work on a logistical basis. If we are part of a hub including Glasgow, Dublin and an English city this could be very exciting," Ford told the Press Association.

Ford added that Wembley was "today's first choice" for the final.

He said: "I think they will take that to one of the major, major stadiums and Wembley is today's first choice but 2020 is a long time away."

Meanwhile, Scottish FA chief executive Stewart Regan says a venue such as Celtic Park, Ibrox or Hampden Park could also prove an enticing option for UEFA.

"We would be interested in the final but we first have to find out UEFA's minimum criteria for capacity - if they are looking for stadiums with greater capacity then of course we would be interested in hosting group matches," told the Press Association.

"This is a one-off idea as a 60th celebration of the tournament and will bring football to a number of key cities across Europe. As something different and innovative it does carry a lot of merit."

Information from the Press Association was used in this report.




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