Updated: 24/09/2012 19:02 | By pa.press.net

FA have Wembley as 2020 vision



Hosting the 2011 Champions League final at Wembley brought record turnovers for the FA

Hosting the 2011 Champions League final at Wembley brought record turnovers for the FA

The Football Association have put forward Wembley to UEFA as the venue for the Euro 2020 final.

UEFA president Michel Platini is considering a change to the format of the tournament so that it would be played in cities across Europe rather than just one or two countries.

It is understood FA chairman David Bernstein met Platini last week and registered the association's interest in Wembley holding the final of the European Championships. If successful, it could also mean one or both Euro 2020 semi-finals also being held in London - Platini's idea is that one city should host the climax of the tournament.

Wembley's chances are linked to Turkey's bid for Euro 2020 - if Istanbul wins the right to host the Olympics in that year then UEFA will not countenance Turkey hosting the Euros.

In that case, Platini's revolutionary new format would be much more likely to take place, and UEFA's liking for Wembley - it was a record-breaking venue in terms of finances for the Champions League final last year and will be so again in 2013 - would give London a real chance of being selected for the final.

The FA do not want to be dragged into an expensive bidding campaign however, such was the costly failure of the 2018 World Cup bid. The success of the Champions League final at Wembley in 2011 contributed to record turnover of £329million for the FA last year - up 8% - and a profit after tax of £40m, up from £9m in 2010.

The Champions League final in 2011 brought in more than £11m for the FA. The FA have also agreed a fixed rental price for UEFA for next season's final, which coincides with the FA's 150th anniversary, so they will earn a fixed sum whatever the ticket prices and sales.

Bernstein's discussions with Platini also covered the future of Britain's FIFA vice-presidency. Platini has suggested keeping the position, which is under threat due to FIFA's modernisation and reform programme, but all 53 UEFA countries vote for candidates nominated by the four home nations.

The FA are thought to be ambivalent about that idea, and are willing to see the vice-presidency abolished if it maintains their place on the game's law-making body the International FA Board (IFAB).

Meanwhile, the FA have not given up hope of having goal-line technology systems in place for the semi-finals and final of the FA Cup this season, and have agreed to tender for a system jointly with the Premier League.

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Talk with Platini ???

The man is so bent he cannot lay in bed straight.

Its a suprise he is not in Qatar!

Should be kicked out of UEFA:

CHECK HIS BANK ACCOUNTS !!!!!!!!!!!!

24/09/2012 19:07
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Having the tournament set in cities across Europe would ruin it. Why does Platini feel he has to change everything? When the tournament is in one country in brings a buzz to that nation and creates work along with money for the country,
. Changing the format would just mean the same old people getting tickets just like it is with the Champions League final now. What chance would the average street person have of gettin to these games? Least when its in one country people from all over that nation have the chance to witness a bit of footballing history. Leave are game alone Platini and quit your role because quite simply you do my head in fella. 
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Lee

It will make Platini a Fortune all the citys will give him BACK HANDERS:

or they do not get the games

He is a money graber

24/09/2012 18:31
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Will the F A do anything about Anton not SHAKING Hands with Terry on the pitch as they seem to have it in for the John Terry taking the game in to disrepute.

I believe Anto should have shaking hands on the pitch.

24/09/2012 17:41
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If more major sporting events are going to be held in London they will need to remove the beggars and violent street gangs like they did for the Olympics. The packs of violent psychopaths that roam the streets of London robbing anyone who crosses their path, bring great shame upon our nation. They are an embarrassment and a nuisance. It would probably be best if they were resettled to somewhere like Surrey, where nobody would care what they got up to.
24/09/2012 21:53
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does this mean we are guaranteed to get into the 2nd round due to not having to qualify
24/09/2012 17:22
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we need the tech but we also want to see all the cheating stopped has welll including linesperson running the line all the way from end to end  that  too will stop[  cheating and fouls they used to do it till  a tv punter called Jimmy Hill brought that up on t m o t d back in 1960`s  he was asked to run the line has one line man got hurt
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they can pull it down for all I care it must be the most inaccessible stadium in the world
24/09/2012 17:57
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if it all happens

terry will come back from the grave,to play !!!!

lets face it anybody who moves any slower than him

are six feet under

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