WREXHAM Labour AM Lesley Griffiths believes a joint bid between Wales and Scotland to co-host the 2016 European Football Championships is back on track.
Ms Griffiths was commenting following a dispute between FIFA, UEFA and the Polish FA.
The argument threatened Poland’s involvement in co-hosting the Euro 2012 championships with Ukraine, but was resolved by the football’s World and European governing bodies at a meeting in Geneva.
The cloud over the possibility of Poland being dropped as co-hosts for 2012, meant the Scottish Football Association (SFA) were making preparations to “step-in” as a substitute host nation.
Such a move would have scuppered any prospect of a joint Welsh and Scottish bid for 2016.
However, following the resolution of the Polish dispute in Geneva, Lesley Griffiths believes the door is now wide open for Wales and Scotland to bid to co-host the Championships in 2016.
Calling on the need for a joint-bid to be formulated soon, Ms. Griffiths said: “The resolution of the Polish question by UEFA and FIFA is good news for the possibility of Wales co-hosting 2016.
“It is also good news for many of my Polish constituents who are also relieved by the announcement, as it looks like Poland can now go ahead with their preparations to host 2012.
“Over recent months, the Scottish Football Association have had one eye on stepping into the breach and hosting Euro 2012, if Poland were forced out.
“Now the Polish issue appears to have been resolved, it leaves the door wide open for the SFA and the Football Association of Wales to go all out for Euro 2016.”