Germany beats Turkey to win the bid to host Euro 2024
Germany has won the right to host the 2024 European Championship, beating Turkey in a vote by UEFA's Executive Committee, Deutsche Welle reported on Thursday.
“The procedure was transparent, the vote was democratic. Every democratic decision is the right decision,” UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin said, while announcing the decision.
This was the fourth time that Turkey has been unsuccessful in a bid to host a European Championship, after having sought to win the right to host the 2008, 2012 and 2016 tournaments.
UEFA had highlighted concerns about Turkey in the areas of infrastructure, finance and human rights in a 40-page report published last week.
"The lack of an action plan in the area of human rights is a matter of concern,” the report said, adding that "recent economic developments in the country may put planned public investments under pressure."
"This is saddening for UEFA and for Euro 2024. Our strength, quality in terms of (this) organisation is obvious. It is clear that we have new facilities, stadiums," Turkey's sports minister, Mehmet Kasapoğlu, said. "There is nothing we have lost as a country.”
UEFA’s decision has created a disappointment among Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) supporters and pro-government media. Many said that the decision made traitors and the country’s enemies happy.
Ahmet Şık, a dissident journalist and a deputy of the dominantly Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) has been targeted by some pro-government journalists after Ceferin announced the decision.
During an interview with a German television channel last week, Ahmet Şık said that Turkey should not host the Championship, because that decision would mean approving the authoritarian regime in the country.