UEFA BACK FRANCE

UEFA has backed France to be ready for the 2016 European Championships, even though the necessary stadia work is yet to commence.

The event, which is being hosted in France for the first time since 1984, will be the first tournament to comprise of 24 teams.

Venues in St Etienne, Marseille and Bordeaux, which were all used in the 1998 World Cup, are being refurbished, while work at Lyon's new ground – the 60,000-seater Stadium of Lights - has barely commenced.

UEFA president Michel Platini said: “I think that all the stadiums will be ready. Lyon is going to be built, Lens looks like it will be done, I don't think there will be a problem."

General secretary Gianni Infantino commented: “We can't imagine having the Euro in France without Lyon but when France need to do something, they do it.

"We really trust France. We staged the last Euro in Poland and Ukraine and it had not been easy. It's a completely different situation here because France already have all the infrastructure. Apart from stadiums, there's nothing to build."

Posted on 28/06/2013