“It was not an easy situation for me ? I am French, my name is Italian and I have many friends in Turkey. It was the same for Senes Erzik, the [Turkish] first vice-president of UEFA.” Michel Platini, UEFA president.
“We also understand the frustration of Italy and Turkey ? particularly Turkey, who lost by a single vote after bidding for a third time.”Jean-Pierre Escalettes, president of the French Football Federation
Turkey’s President Abdullah Gul addresses the UEFA Executive Committee during final bid presentations in Geneva May 28, 2010. Turkey, Italy and France are bidding to host the Euro soccer championship in 2016.? Read more » REUTERS/Denis Balibouse
Turkey, Italy and France have started making their final presentations to win hosting rights for soccer’s 2016 European Championship. Turkish president Abdullah Gul gave the keynote speech Friday for his country’s bid to host its first major soccer tournament. French president Nicolas Sarkozy is scheduled to lead his country’s request to the 13 voting members of UEFA’s ruling…