Michel Platini has announced changes to the next UEFA tournament, with all 24 group stage teams now advancing to the knockout stage. In a press conference from his prison cell, Platini said the new format would make Euro 2020: ‘the most exciting, yet long-winded, in the competition’s history’.
‘The six winners of the group stages will be joined by six runners, who in turn will be joined by the six highest scoring losing teams. The remaining six teams also join them – but only once their scores are calculated based on goal difference, a fair play score and UEFA coefficient – as derived from games played over the last two-and-a-half tournament cycles, with results from the most recent cycle carrying double the weight of previous cycles – and the final qualifying condition is that they have eleven players’.
Mr. Platini expects the shake-up to be popular among supporters. ‘We’ve made these changes with fans in mind – no-one wants to see their team exit the competition. And now they don’t have to’.
‘Plus it means we get more money’, he added.