UEFA: Euros to remain in France

European football's governing body, UEFA, has confirmed that Euro 2016 will be hosted by France despite the terrorist attacks in Paris last week.

Doubts had been raised over whether the tournament would go ahead as planned on French soil, with many prominent figures in world football suggesting that France should give up their hosting rights amidst fears over potential future terrorist attacks.

However, UEFA have moved quickly to reassure the public that safety measure have been put in place to ensure Euro 2016 is as safe as possible.

An official UEFA statement read: "Following the dramatic events that occurred last Friday in Paris, UEFA and EURO 2016 SAS wish to reaffirm their commitment in placing safety and security at the centre of their organisational plans.

"While there is no reason to believe that the EURO might become the target of any attack, the potential terrorist threat has always been taken into account, since the beginning of the project.

"EURO 2016 SAS and all stakeholders involved in the organisation of the tournament will continue their joint work and will regularly monitor the level of risk for the tournament and their respective organisational plans.

"For over three years now, EURO 2016 SAS has been working closely with the relevant authorities to develop the most appropriate mechanisms in order to guarantee there is a safe and secure tournament and we are confident that the necessary measures will be taken to ensure that is the case for all involved.

"The EURO final draw will go ahead as scheduled on 12 December at the Palais des Congres in Paris and the final tournament will be played in France from 10 June to 10 July 2016."

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