IRELAND could be involved along with Scotland and Wales in a dramatic late bid to host Euro 2020.
UEFA[/url]'s deadline for formal expressions of interest is midnight tonight and as of last night only [url=“http://searchtopics.independent.ie/topic/Turkey”]Turkey had come forward to confirm they are bidding.
Officials at the Scottish and Welsh FAs have refused to confirm or deny that a bid will be submitted but sources have confirmed that talks about bidding have taken place.
The expansion of the tournament to 24 teams however means that they would need a third country involved to provide the necessary number of top-class stadiums which is where the Republic of Ireland would come in.
A source told the Press Association: “Discussions have taken place about bidding but we would not be able to bid alone. It may need to be three countries involved.”
A final decision is expected to be taken by the boards of the FAs involved today.
UEFA president Michel Platini[/url] had signalled he would support Turkey’s bid but only if [url=“http://searchtopics.independent.ie/topic/Istanbul”]Istanbul failed in its bid to land the Olympics in the same year.
Scottish Football Association chief executive Stewart Regan confirmed the idea of bidding for Euro 2020 had been discussed.
Regan told www.insidethegames.biz: "I’m not able to comment publicly at this stage because it has not gone to our board but there will be an exchange of correspondence before the deadline.
“It’s obviously something that has been discussed.”
Asked if Scotland and Wales would be able to meet the UEFA criteria for stadiums, Regan replied: “There are other ways of skinning a cat and alternative ways of being considered for a major tournament.”
- Martyn Ziegler