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Platini explains UEFA's 'Week of Football' qualification plans

Michel Platini has defended UEFA's decision to alter the qualifying process for Euro2016.

In the past, international matches have been played on either Saturdays and Wednesdays, or Fridays and Tuesdays, but UEFA have opted to change that to a 'Week of Football' with qualifying matches to be played over six days.

UEFA president Platini believes this will give European football fans a chance to see more qualifying matches over more days rather than all fixtures being held at the same time.

"The Week of Football is a new and exciting proposition for our fans," Platini said. "We have spread out our qualifying games across six days from Thursday to Tuesday.

"This means fans of European football around the world can watch more action than ever before. They will love it.

"The proposal of a week of football was approved by UEFA in 2011 and we decided right away that we wanted to increase the exposure of national team football.

"In the past there were 20 or 30 national qualifying games on Fridays and Tuesdays, so it was very difficult for our fans to follow them all.

"They had to pick between watching Germany, Italy, England, Spain or France - now, by spreading the games across six days, we are increasing the visibility of the national team which will be great."

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