Ger­many wins Euro 2024 vote

World Soccer - - From The Editor -

Ger­many will host the 2024 Eu­ro­pean Cham­pi­onship fi­nals af­ter see­ing off a bid from Turkey in a UEFA ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee vote.

At a meet­ing in UEFA head­quar­ters in Nyon, the com­mit­tee voted 12 to four to back the Ger­man bid, which had been the favourite.

The de­ci­sion marks a re­turn to sin­gle­coun­try host­ing for UEFA af­ter the planned pan-Eu­ro­pean tour­na­ment in 2020, when games will be staged at 12 cities across the con­ti­nent, in­clud­ing Wem­b­ley Sta­dium, which will host the semi-fi­nals and Fi­nal.

Turkey faced an up­hill strug­gle to win sup­port for its bid af­ter a pre­lim­i­nary UEFA re­port raised con­cerns about sev­eral is­sues, in­clud­ing hu­man rights and travel in­fra­struc­ture.

In con­trast, UEFA as­sessed the Ger­man bid as “com­fort­ably meet­ing over­all ex­pec­ta­tions when it comes to po­lit­i­cal as­pects, so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity, sus­tain­abil­ity and hu­man rights”.

cam­paign, some­where else in sport, some­where else in the world.

That rare gift was one pos­sessed to a re­mark­able de­gree by Mike Lee, the Lon­don­based com­mu­ni­ca­tions spe­cial­ist who has died af­ter a heart at­tack at only 61.

Sun­der­land fan Lee was chair­man of Vero Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, which he founded in 2006 af­ter help­ing Lon­don land the 2012 Olympic Games. His cv of suc­cess in­cluded fur­ther

Win­ner...UEFA pres­i­dent Alek­sander Ce­ferin an­nounces the re­sult

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