Aleksander Ceferin criticizes Euro 2020

Fri 09 July 2021 | 23:14

UEFA president thinks that the distances between the Euro 2020 hosts was a challenge.

Euro 2020 final will be played between England and Italy at Wembley Stadium on Sunday in a situation that the tournament had games in different cities in 11 countries and UEFA president has talked about the matter insisting that the distances that some teams had to travel were unfair.

Switzerland traveled 15,485km (9,622 miles) which was the furthest a team had to travel, and the distance that Scotland traveled was 1,108km.

"I would not support it anymore,"


told BBC Sport


"In a way, it is not correct that some teams have to travel more than 10,000km while others have to only travel 1,000km.

"It is not fair to fans, who had to be in Rome one day and in Baku over the next few, which is a four and a half hour flight.

"We had to travel a lot, into countries with different jurisdictions, different currencies, countries in the European Union (EU) and Non-EU, so it was not easy.

"It was a format that was decided before I came [into post] and I respect it. It is an interesting idea but it is hard to implement and I don't think we will do it again."

Ceferin also talked about Eriksen’s incident during Denmark’s opening match, saying that, although he wasn’t at the stadium when it happened, he was very shocked by it and also surprised by the reaction people had to the incident specially Eriksen’s teammates.

"It was a scary situation. We were all completely shocked, but in a way, it was good it happened at a high level football match because paramedics were there in 20 seconds and that saved his life, I am sure.

"Thank god everything is OK with him and it was important to show respect to him and the team of doctors, who reacted fantastically.

"I have seen the Danish players unite even more after that incident, they also reacted to the incident in a fantastic way, especially the captain [Simon Kjaer], and I have to say I was touched by their reaction."

source: SportMob

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