German FA rubberstamps decision to bid for Euro 2024
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[January 20, 2017]
BERLIN, Jan 20 (Reuters) - The
German football association (DFB) board voted unanimously on Friday
in favour of the country's long-planned bid to host Euro 2024.
The DFB, which announced its intention to bid for the continental
tournament several years ago, said it would hand in the official bid
notification to UEFA by March 3.
"Euro 2024 can become an important beacon for German football," DFB
President Reinhard Grindel said in a statement.
Grindel was elected last year after the resignation of Wolfgang
Niersbach due to his involvement in Germany's 2006 World Cup scandal
which is currently under investigation.
"We will submit a first-class bid and take special care to chose the
10 locations in a transparent and accountable way," Grindel said.
Only stadiums with a capacity of more than 30,000 people can take
part in a selection process with a submission of interest by Feb.
17. A final decision on the 10 locations will be taken by the DFB in
The association's reputation has been severely damaged by the 2006
World Cup scandal with investigations ongoing in Germany and
Switzerland into payments to world soccer's governing body FIFA from
the DFB after Germany won the right to stage the event.
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A DFB-commissioned report revealed last year that while there was no
evidence of Germany paying FIFA members in return for votes,
payments were made to at least one former FIFA official through a
web of accounts involving several firms or individuals, including
World Cup-winning player and coach Beckenbauer, who headed the 2006
hosting bid, admitted making mistakes but denied any wrongdoing over
Germany, three-times European champions, last staged the tournament
in 1988. The 2020 edition will be held across the continent. A
Scandinavian bid for 2024 is also likely.
UEFA will announce all 2024 bidders on March 10. (Reporting by
Karolos Grohmann, editing by Ed Osmond)
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