GLASGOW is in the running to host the semi-finals and final of the European Championship after Uefa's Executive Committee agreed that the 2020 version on the finals should be staged in various cities across Europe.
The official endorsement of the scheme dreamed up by Michel Platini, the Uefa President, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the first European Championships, draws a line under the Scottish FA's attempt, along with their Irish and Welsh counterparts, to stage the entirety of the 24-team tournament themselves. However, with up to 13 cities likely to host matches in the tournament, Glasgow would seem well-placed to play a prominent role in this new format.
The semi-finals and finals will be staged in the same location, and although there will be huge competition for the showpiece matches from Wembley, Stewart Regan, the SFA chief executive, has already indicated an interest in participating in the multi-city proposal. Bidding cities and stadiums have until next March to formally submit their interest, with the selection process likely to take approximately 12 months.
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"The 2020 tournament will be staged across the continent in various major cities throughout Europe following a decision taken today," Gianni Infantino, UEFA's secretary general, said. "The decision only applies to the 2020 event for now and not future tournaments, and wasn't universally popular."