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Thursday, 11 July, 2002, 13:20 GMT 14:20 UK
Uefa in Euro 2008 shortlist move
Hampden
Hampden would host the Euro 2008 final
Officials at European football's governing body are to draw up a shortlist of the two or three best bids to host the Euro 2008 championships before the winner is decided.

The move by Uefa would allow delegates from losing countries to take part in the final vote.

Scotland and the Republic of Ireland are competing against six other bidders to host the European football championships in 2008.

The final decision will be made in December by Uefa's executive committee.


It would not surprise me if a couple of the candidates, or even three, withdrew

Fifa observer David Will
But six of the 14 delegates on the committee are banned from voting because their home nations are in the contest.

So the rules will be altered so the bids will have to survive an eight-strong evaluation team that will recommend which countries should be eliminated.

This will allow delegates from those nations to take part in the vote to decide the winner.

Uefa announced the complicated decision-making process following a meeting in Nyon, Switzerland, on Thursday.

Communications director Mike Lee said: "This method is viewed as the fairest way of deciding which bid should win and will involve as many members of the executive committee as possible."

Scotland's David Will, a Fifa vice-president who attends Uefa's executive committee meetings as an observer, predicted a scenario where some bidders will drop out even before the shortlist is decided.

Euro 2008 bid logo
The final decision will be made in December
"It would not surprise me if a couple of the candidates, or even three, withdrew following the visits by the evaluation team," he said.

Hampden will host the final if Scotland and Ireland's eight-stadia bid is chosen, with Uefa inspectors due to visit Scotland in mid-September.

A combined Swiss-Austrian bid is considered to be the front runner.

Russia and Hungary have launched solo bids and there are combined offerings from Bosnia-Herzegovina/Croatia, Greece/Turkey and Denmark/Finland/Norway and Sweden.

The eight Uefa executive committee members not involved with bids are: Geoff Thompson (England), Angel Villar Llona (Spain), Mathieu Sprengers (Holland), Gerhard Mayer-Vorfelder (Germany), Joseph Mifsud (Malta), Michel Platini (France), Henri Roemer (Luxembourg) and Mario Lefkaritis (Cyprus).

Those from countries involved with bids are: Lennart Johansson (Sweden), Senes Erzik (Turkey), Per Ravn Omdal (Norway), Viacheslav Koloskov (Russia), Giangiorgio Spiess (Switzerland) and Eggert Magnusson (Iceland).

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