Seedings for UEFA EURO 2012 Final Draw confirmed/European Parliament joins UEFA calls for action on match-fixing

UEFA Media Release: Following the completion of the UEFA EURO 2012 qualifiers, UEFA announced the seedings to be used for the Final Draw, taking place at the Palace of Arts in Kyiv, Ukraine, on 2 December at 19:00 local time (18:00 CET) UEFA EURO 2012 Final Draw confirmed.

The 16 teams that will participate in the final round of the UEFA European Football Championship 2010-12 will be divided into four groups of four teams each (Groups A to D).

Four seeding pots will be created for the purpose of the draw, with the host associations Poland and Ukraine being top seeds: Poland as A1, Ukraine as D1.

The reigning champions Spain will be placed in Pot 1, together with the Netherlands, the team with the highest national team coefficient, as established at the conclusion of the play-off matches (click here for the final rankings).

The remaining 12 teams have been allocated to the remaining three pots according to their respective coefficients.

Pot 1

Spain and Netherlands

Pot 2

Germany

Italy

England

Russia

Pot 3

Croatia

Greece

Portugal

Sweden

Pot 4

Denmark

France

Czech Republic

Republic of Ireland.

The draw will start with Pot 1 in order to fill position one in groups B and C. The draw will continue with Pot 4, from which a team will be allocated to each group consecutively, from Group A to Group D. This procedure will then be repeated for Pot 3 and finally for Pot 2.

The position of each team within its group (2, 3 or 4) will also be determined during the draw.

UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino will conduct the draw, and the ceremony will be hosted by Olga Freimut and Piotr Sobczynski – two famous TV presenters in the host countries of UEFA EURO 2012. The show will include three entertainment acts: the P. Virsky Ukrainian National Folk Dance Ensemble, Ukrainian singer Jamala and a surprise international artist.

Furthermore, and supporting the motto “Creating History Together”, UEFA has invited legendary players from all previous editions of the tournament to participate in the show. In addition, the official match ball of UEFA EURO 2012 will be unveiled during the ceremony.

The draw will be shown live by more than 70 broadcast partners, covering more than 150 territories around the world.

European Parliament joins UEFA calls for action on match-fixing/UEFA EURO 2012 Final Draw confirmed

The European Parliament has backed all of UEFA’s key aims in the areas of betting and match-fixing. Today’s vote at the European Parliament plenary session in Strasbourg adds a significant voice to UEFA’s efforts to combat match-fixing in football.

UEFA President Michel Platini said: “I am delighted with this report and would like to congratulate the European Parliament for standing firmly on UEFA’s side and against the criminal powers that orchestrate match-fixing in Europe. Through working together we can put a stop to the biggest threat facing the future of sport in Europe.”

The resolution voted through today by the MEPs calls for measures to protect the integrity of sport through cross-border cooperation between sport organisations and relevant public bodies. Importantly, it recognises the added value an EU-wide approach can have in the area of online betting. The MEPs also specifically recommend penalising betting fraud as a criminal offence throughout Europe.

The European Parliament’s resolution on online gambling calls for the recognition of sport organisation’s property rights to their competitions through a fair financial return from betting organisations. France is the first country in Europe to have enshrined this right into law. Ultimately this property right ensures cooperation between sport organisers and betting companies, which leads to more transparency, better monitoring and control mechanisms, and can help to fight money laundering through betting.

The European Commission adopted a Green Paper on Online Gambling in the Internal Market in March this year, which launched a consultation process on, amongst other points, match-fixing. The resolution voted through today sets out the European Parliament’s position on the Commission’s green paper.

The European Parliament is the latest political body to join UEFA’s efforts to combat match-fixing. The Council of Europe adopted a resolution on match-fixing in September. President Platini also addressed the European sports ministers on the subject at their meeting in Krakow in October. The Polish Presidency of the EU aims to have combating match-fixing included in the EU Council conclusions later this year.

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