Football - Platini defends move to 24 teams
Published : 18 Jun 2012 18:17:22
Quantity will not affect quality at the next European championship, UEFA president Michel Platini said on Monday, as the tournament moves from the current 16-team format to 24 in four years' time.
"I think that we'll have another eight good teams qualified. That will not affect the quality of the matches. It won't be a problem for quality," he said.
"I've already played in World Cups with 24 teams. There were six groups of four. The first two qualified and the four best-placed third finishers went through to the quarter finals," he explained.
"How can you say to a city like Lviv (in Ukraine), which has built an airport and a new stadium, 'There you go, that's you done' after three matches?" he added.
"I mean, the city will always have a legacy and development but the Euro's over for football after three matches. With 24 teams, there'll be more matches."