Championships set for expansion

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The European Championships look certain to be expanded from 16 to 24 teams after the proposal won universal support from UEFA´s 53 member countries.

A final decision will be taken by UEFA´s executive committee in September but there was no opposition to the plan when it was raised at a meeting of association presidents and general secretaries in Vienna on Saturday.

The change would come into force for Euro 2016 and was originally put forward by the Scottish FA last year. Their chief executive Gordon Smith said he was delighted by the response, telling PA Sport: "It´s something UEFA have seen no real disadvantage to - it will only means a few extra days of the tournament and there is no down side in terms of loss of revenue."

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