Euro May Add Teams From Outside Continent

Euro 2012 finalists Spain and Italy could be competing against squads from outside Europe in the 2020 tournament. (Getty Images)

UEFA is discussing the possibility of adding major countries from outside of Europe to the European Championship.

According to one advisor quoted in a story by The Independent newspaper: “The ideas are at an early stage, but they are very feasible. The South Americans have been doing it for decades, inviting teams from outside their continent to take part in the Copa America. So why cannot Europe?”

However, a UEFA spokesman said, “We can confirm that UEFA is not aware of the plans mentioned in the story in The Independent.”

UEFA is already planning on increasing the Euro field from 16 to 24 for the 2016 tournament.

The Independent says the speculation is indicative of the rift between UEFA president Michel Platini and FIFA president Sepp Blatter. Platini was once believed to be a logical successor to Blatter, but the uncertainty over whether Blatter will run again in 2015 has caused tension between the two.

Peru Withdraws Appeal

The Peruvian Football Association has withdrawn an appeal to FIFA and will play its next match without spectators.

A crowd disturbance during a match between Peru and Uruguay on September 6 led to the original proceedings. As a result, the country’s World Cup qualifying match against Bolivia next week will be played in an empty stadium.

Peru informed FIFA of its withdrawal through a letter. The sanction also includes a fine.

Blatter Commended on Palestine Efforts

Blatter (center) speaks at a July press conference on football in Palestine. (Getty Images)

At last week’s meeting of the FIFA executive committee, president Sepp Blatter’s work toward improving the football situation in Palestine was met with approval.

Blatter had previously been given a mandate at this year’s FIFA Congress to improve the conditions of football in the region.

The FIFA Task Force Israel-Palestine was formed to implement a mechanism for the movement of players and equipment, as well as appointing liaison officers within each association.

A meeting will be held within four months to assess progress with an eye toward signing a memorandum of understanding at next year’s FIFA Congress.

By INSIDER’s Nick Devlin


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