UEFA defend Euro expansion

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Coaches from 53 European national teams gathered in Warsaw Poland this week and one of the principle concerns raised at the UEFA conference was the expansion of the European Championships from 16 to 24 teams starting EURO 2016 in France.

But UEFA’s technical director Andy Roxburgh defended the decision and insisted it would not affect the quality of the tournament.

He said: ‘‘The Euro that was played in England in ’96 with 16 teams was very good, so, the fears were unfounded. And, all I would say here is that we’re now going to this increased number. Standards in Europe are rising all the time and I think that the officials that have made this decision can see a number of benefits in it, clearly a number of benefits.’‘

Euro 2016 will be the 15th edition of UEFA’s flagship tournament and will be the third time France has hosted it, following the inaugural 1960 finals and in 1984.