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February 4, 2002

Irish link-up makes Euro bid a no-hoper

Filed under: EURO 2008 — Ivan @ 2:17 pm

The News Review:

* SFA insist Euro 2008 bid unaffected by trouble
* Fans split over Euro 2008 bid
* Euro 2008 bid talks kick off
* Irish link-up makes Euro bid a no-hoper
* Little cheer over Euro bid
* Scots earn Euro 2008 backing
* Dublin stadium plan postponed
* Shelbourne call on FAI to act

SFA insist Euro 2008 bid unaffected by trouble
rte.ie – Jan 19, 2002
Rangers beat Aberdeen 1-0 this evening to stay thirteen points behind leaders Celtic. Lorenzo Amoruso clinched the game for Rangers with a stunning strike in the 36th minute. SFA spokesman Andy Mitchell said the trouble at Pittodrie was an “isolated incident” and would not affect any possible bid. “There are no fears over Euro 2008 at all.

Fans split over Euro 2008 bid
BBC News – Jan 31, 2002
Members of the Tartan Army, the Scottish Federation of Football Supporters’ Clubs and the Scottish Independent Supporters’ Coalition have failed to unite behind the plan. The different of opinion emerged at a meeting between the groups and First Minister Jack McConnell, which was described later as “positive and constructive”. Last week the Scottish Executive announced it would not back a solo bid for the event and wanted to pursue a joint effort with Ireland… Members of the Tartan Army, the Scottish Federation of Football Supporters’ Clubs and the Scottish Independent Supporters’ Coalition have failed to unite behind the plan. The different of opinion emerged at a meeting between the groups and First Minister Jack McConnell, which was described later as “positive and constructive”. Last week the Scottish Executive announced it would not back a solo bid for the event and wanted to pursue a joint effort with Ireland. “Most of our members are disappointed and unhappy
that we’re not going for a solo bid.

Euro 2008 bid talks kick off
BBC News – Jan 29, 2002
Representatives of the Scottish Executive met their Irish counterparts in Dublin in their first formal meeting since First Minister Jack McConnell announced that he would not back a solo bid for the event. Scottish ministers are also planning talks with supporters’ organisations later in the week to gauge their views on the joint application. A spokesman for the executive described the talks as “very friendly and
positive” and said Scotland and Ireland were doing all they could to make a
joint bid possible.

Irish link-up makes Euro bid a no-hoper
Telegraph.co.uk – Jan 23, 2002
McConnell, who spoke to Bertie Ahern, the Irish Taoiseach, earlier in the day, is entirely aware that his counterpart in Dublin faces problems which have so far proved insurmountable in delivering the necessary facilities. Put at its simplest, Ireland does not have a single venue which meets UEFA’s standards for Euro 2008. Lansdowne Road is crumbling and would require a massive overhaul. By contrast, Croke Park, the state of the art stadium which hosts Gaelic football, hurling and camogie is the property of the Gaelic Athletic Association, who have resolutely maintained opposition to hosting the so-called garrison games of rugby, soccer or cricket.

Little cheer over Euro bid
BBC News – Jan 25, 2002
The crowd failed to go wild when Scotland’s first minister announced plans to stage a joint bid for the Euro 2008 football championship. Labour MSPs did not quite know what to make of the decision that Scotland will not be going it alone in its efforts to host the prestigious sporting event. There was a half-hearted ripple of applause in the chamber when Jack McConnell revealed that he hoped to put together a joint bid with the Republic of Ireland. “We concluded that to create four 30,000 seat stadiums on top of our excellent facilities at Murrayfield, Hampden, Ibrox and Celtic Park is simply not practical nor desirable,” he told the parliament.

Scots earn Euro 2008 backing
BBC News – Jan 17, 2002
Lyons admitted Kirton’s comments were exceptionally helpful. “It is great to have an endorsement from a person who ran the most successful football tournament this country has ever seen,” he told the Scotsman. Lyons said he did not expect an official decision from the Executive until the end of the month, but added that it would be ideal if a decision was taken before the Euro 2004 draw in Porto on Friday 25 January. That would allow the Scottish bid team to lobby the decision makers at Uefa in the knowledge that they had the full financial backing of the Scottish Executive. Nations considering a bid to host Euro 2008 must lodge their intention to bid with Uefa by the end of February.

Dublin stadium plan postponed
BBC News – Feb 1, 2002
A consultants’ report has found that the project’s cost to the Irish exchequer will exceed 880 million Euros – more than double the original estimate. Sources in both parties in the Irish coalition government led by Mr Ahern’s Fianna Fail, have acknowledged that the project will now have to be re-examined. The news is a blow to Bertie Ahern. The plan was very much his vision and has been dubbed Bertie Bowl in some quarters… The postponement of the National Stadium plan is unlikely to help Ireland’s proposed joint-bid with Scotland for the 2008 European Football Championships. However, Irish government sources have said that they believe the Euro 2008 bid should continue. A spokesman for the Irish Deputy Prime Minister Mary Harney, said she felt “vindicated” by the report. Ms Harney, the leader of the junior coalition partners the Progressive Democrats, has expressed her opposition to the National Stadium plan on numerous occasions. Intended to be completed in 2005, the complex would include an 80,000 all-seater stadium, a 15,000 indoor arena, an indoor tennis facility and velodrome. Other facilities planned are a golf academy, an aquatic centre with an Olympic-sized swimming pool, a sports science and medical centre and various other multi-purpose sports halls.

Shelbourne call on FAI to act
Irish Independent – Jan 16, 2002
Last Friday, FAI officers agreed to an independent investigation into the registration of the St Pat’s midfielder after Shelbourne’s new evidence which only came to light after Monday’s arbitration hearing. Meanwhile, five Eircom League players have been handed a credit note against future suspensions thanks to UCD’s Clive Delaney. Delaney successfully appealed a three match suspension to the FAI Appeals Board on the grounds that points carried from last season were not eligible. Four players Kevin Hunt (Bohemians), Neil Fitzhenry (Finn Harps), James O’Callaghan (Monaghan Utd) and Alan Reynolds (Longford Town) who have already served three match suspension for reaching 14 points, can now write off any bans they receive between now and the end of the season. Dundalk’s Stephen McGuinness gets a two match reprieve having already had the last game of his ban lifted. The players must still serve suspensions for red card offences but any bans for accumulating five, eight or 11 yellow cards this season will not have to be served. The Scottish FA indicated last night that they were preparing to go it alone in their bid to stage the Euro 2008 Championships… Dundalk’s Stephen McGuinness gets a two match reprieve having already had the last game of his ban lifted. The players must still serve suspensions for red card offences but any bans for accumulating five, eight or 11 yellow cards this season will not have to be served. The Scottish FA indicated last night that they were preparing to go it alone in their bid to stage the Euro 2008 Championships. They have asked the Scottish Parliament to confirm their stg£100m support for ground improvements which will allow the redevelopment of Easter Road in Edinburgh and Kilmarnock’s Rugby Park and bring the number of stadiums up to eight as required by UEFA. Former internationals Mick Meagan and Paddy Mulligan will make the FAI Carlsberg Cup quarter-final draw tonight in the Alexandra Hotel, Dublin. The draw will be shown live on RTE’s Six-One News. SCOTTISH CUP Rangers held by part-timersBERWICK 0; RANGERS 0GLASGOW RANGERS’ miserable season went from bad to worse last night when they were held to a draw by part-timers Berwick in the third round of the Scottish Cup.

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