EXCO adjusts EURO bookings rule

Single yellow cards will be cancelled at the end of the quarter-finals of UEFA EURO 2008 in Austria and Switzerland, rather than after the group stage.

Green light
The proposal was accepted by UEFA's Executive Committee at its meeting in Moscow on Monday and Tuesday. Consequently, a situation will not arise whereby players receive a second yellow card of the tournament in the semi-finals and are suspended for the final as a result.

Footballing solution
UEFA feels it is providing a solution to a football issue that has been under discussion for some time. "I have supported [this] for a number of years and the Executive Committee gave its unanimous approval," said UEFA President Michel Platini. "It's a very good decision for lovers of football and TV spectators, who will be able to see the best players talking part in the final as long as they are not sent off in the semi-final."

Good news
The Executive Committee heard in Moscow that after long years of preparation, Austria and Switzerland are ready for UEFA EURO 2008, taking place between 7 and 29 June. "All the tickets have been sold, all the corporate hospitality has effectively been sold worldwide revenues from TV broadcasts are 30-40 per cent ahead of where we were in Portugal [in 2004]," said UEFA General Secretary David Taylor. "So as regards the financial consequences, we have a EURO tournament which will not only be a great football success, but also a great financial success."