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Euro 2012: five officials requested; funding increase

  • AP, Friday, December 10, 2010 4:28 PM

UEFA wil ask FIFA for permission to use five game officials during the 2012 European Championship. The system in which an extra official stands to the side of each goal is being tested in the UEFA Champions League and Europa League.

Poland and Ukraine host the Euro 2012 and profits from the 16-nation tournament will help fund increased payments to UEFA’s 53 federations.

UEFA agreed to pay each country a total of 9 million euro ($11.9 million) from 2012-16. Some of the money must be invested in women’s soccer, grass-roots work and entering lower-tier tournaments such as the under-17 girls championship.

The amount represents a 15 percent rise on funding from Euro 2008, which was co-hosted by Austria and Switzerland. UEFA reported a surplus of 250 million euro (then $394 million) on that tournament on revenue of 1.3 billion euro (then $2.04 billion).

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