Associated Press  |  Last updated December 05, 2012
Football leaders from across Europe have told UEFA they want the 2020 European Championship to be organized in up to 13 host countries. UEFA's executive committee meets Thursday and could agree in principle to support President Michel Platini's multi-nation hosting plan, which he floated during this year's European Championship. Germany football association president Wolfgang Niersbach told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the idea has been supported during recent consultation meetings with UEFA's 53 member countries. ''This is the general trend around these meetings,'' Niersbach said at UEFA headquarters. ''That UEFA should do it as an exception on the occasion of celebrating the 60th birthday of the European Championship.'' Platini also said in June that he wanted to ease the financial and logistical demands on one or two host countries of the expected 24-nation, 51-match tournament - given difficult time for European economies. The UEFA leader's proposal has even won s...
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