It is really, really easy, UEFA. Kick Bulgaria out of the Euro 2020 play-offs and begin to stand up to the bigots. Laughably, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin defended his organisation’s record of fines and partial ground closures as a means of tackling the issue on racism. Quite clearly from Monday night, it is not working. The only way the morons who try so despicably to abuse Bulgaria’s opposition is to make it count against Bulgaria themselves. And the opportunity to make an example is so clear it is almost a no-brainer. Bulgaria finished in fifth place in League C of the Nations League. With Finland, a place above them, looking set to qualify for Euro 2020 automatically and both Leagues A and B needing to make up the numbers in their own play-off deciders, the new back-door entry looks certain to be available to a team ranked just 62 in the world. Slam it shut, UEFA. By November, the details would have worked themselves out fully, another team can be promoted in … [Read more...] about UEFA have chance to take racism stand against Bulgaria, they must ban them from Euro 2020
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Five more Bulgarian football fans have been detained for racist abuse at Monday's Euro 2020 qualifier against England, the country's interior ministry announced today. Monkey chants and Nazi salutes during the match in Sofia overshadowed England's 6-0 win, sparking indignation in the football world and leading to the resignation of Bulgaria's football chief. Police have now identified 16 people suspected of being involved in the racist abuse, the ministry said. Five more Bulgarian football fans have been detained for racist abuse at Monday's Euro 2020 qualifier against England Monkey chants and Nazi salutes during the match in Sofia overshadowed England's 6-0 win Police have now identified 16 people suspected of being involved in the racist abuse, the interior ministry said 'Five more men implicated in the abusive actions were detained this morning... Police continues work to track down five more to detain them,' the ministry said. A Bulgarian teenager was already indicted … [Read more...] about Five more Bulgaria football fans are arrested over racist chants and Nazi salutes aimed at England players during Euro 2020 qualifier
UEFA will only press ahead with the idea of staging Euro 2020 across the continent if member associations are in favour of the plan, president Michel Platini said on Monday. The Frenchman said European soccer's governing body was waiting for feedback on its proposal, first announced at the end of Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine, which he added would be a one-off. … [Read more...] about Platini says national FAs will decide on multi-country Euro 2020
THE Uefa Nations League is set to get underway next year with England and Wales the leading home nations.Every country in Europe will participate in the new format which is intended to revolutionise international football.SunSport gives you the lowdown on the new tournament and answer all your questions.National sides across Europe will compete in the new league format that will culminate in a Final Four showpiece event in 2019 for the title of Nations League champion.The aim is to improve the quality of international football and reduce the number of meaningless friendlies as UEFA bid to re-ignite interest in the international game.They believe matches across Europe will be more competitive, leading to more interest from supporters who have become bored with international friendlies.Organisers will use the UEFA ranking system to determine the make-up of four leagues (A,B,C and D) from the 55 teams involved.Their ranking as of November 2017, at the end of the qualifying campaign for … [Read more...] about Is the Uefa Nations League replacing Euro 2020 qualifying, when does it start, and how does it work?
THE countdown to Euro 2020 officially began today as the tournament logo was unveiled in London.Mayor Sadiq Khan joined newly-elected Uefa President Aleksander Ceferin at City Hall for the event.But the organisers blundered as they upstaged their own event by releasing the logo on their website.London will host both semi-finals and the final of the tournament, which will be spread across 13 European cities to mark the 60th anniversary of the competition.The capital also has its own logo, with the other 12 to be announced at later events.Glasgow will host a group game and last-16 clash.Ceferin claims Michel Platini's decision for a multi-country tournament could present issues for supporters.He said: "It's quite a risk for us. It will be a problem for fans to travel"Host citiesFinal and semi-finals: LondonThree group games, one quarter-final: Baku, Munich, Rome, Saint PetersburgThree group games, one last-16: Brussels, Copenhagen, Budapest,Amsterdam, … [Read more...] about Countdown to Euro 2020: Uefa release tournament logo early in blunder
WEMBLEY will host seven games at the Euro 2020 finals – including the final.England’s national stadium was given additional fixtures after organisers ruled no matches would take place in Brussels.UEFA president Aleksandar Ceferin said: “We discussed with Brussels for quite a long time and they were not able to provide us with all of the documentation.“We received a letter yesterday saying 31st of January that there will be a final decision (on stadium build).“It’s a high risk for UEFA if we wait. If the answer would be no, it would be a problem for us to find a host quickly.”Belgium’s capital city was set to host games.But a planned new stadium is still to be built and Uefa said they had not received the necessary guarantees.In addition to the final and semi-finals, Wembley will now also host three group games and a last-16 tie. KERCHING England players set for £5m bonus if they win World CupThe home of English football got the good … [Read more...] about Wembley to host seven Euro 2020 matches including final after Brussels political row over stadium