Scottish independence threatens Euro 2020 bid: UEFA

Scotland`s bid to stage games at Euro 2020 "may have to be re-assessed" if the country votes to become an independent nation following next week`s referendum, according to a UEFA report.

AFP| Updated: Sep 10, 2014, 21:20 PM IST
Scottish independence threatens Euro 2020 bid: UEFA

London: Scotland`s bid to stage games at Euro 2020 "may have to be re-assessed" if the country votes to become an independent nation following next week`s referendum, according to a UEFA report.

European football`s governing body is in the process of examining bids to stage games during the tournament.

The Scottish Football Association has proposed Glasgow`s Hampden Park as the venue for three pool fixtures and one-match in the knock-out phase of a tournament that will, unusually, be divided up among 13 nations across the continent.

UEFA`s executive committee will vote on the host cities on September 19, the day after the Scottish referendum.

Its evaluation report said of the Scottish bid: "Scotland being part of the UK, the legal situation is mostly -- but not entirely -- identical to that of England and Wales.

"The situation may have to be re-assessed should Scotland become independent of the UK following the referendum."

The report also criticised the commercial element of the Scotland bid as being "inadequate" and "lacking clarity".

It said: "The commercial sector of the bid is inadequate, as the information provided lacks clarity. The amount of advertising space offered is vague."