LONDON — Boris Johnson backed Ukraine to host Euro 2028, despite a joint bid by Britain and Ireland to host the tournament.
Before joining NATO leaders for an emergency discussion on the war in Ukraine Thursday, the British prime minister gave an interview to Sky News in which he was asked whether Ukraine should host Euro 2028.
Russia is also interested in hosting the tournament, despite being currently blocked from staging many international sporting and cultural events.
Johnson said: “Look, I think that the idea of Russia hosting any kind of football tournament or any kind of cultural event is beyond satire. I can’t think that anybody would seriously consider their suggestion.
“Of course, I think that the best thing possible would be for the entire Russian armed forces to retire forthwith from Ukraine and hand the tournament to them.”
The English, Scottish, Welsh, Northern Irish and Republic of Ireland Football Associations submitted a joint bid to UEFA earlier this week. Turkey’s FA has also announced its interest in hosting the Euro 2028.