David Owen: Euro victory for France but less encouraging signs for Platini

So Turkey narrowly failed in their efforts to upset France and win the right to host the 2016 European football championship.

Having come so close in Friday’s vote, I’m sure members of the Turkish bid team will need time to get over their disappointment.

But once they do, they can reflect that their efforts have secured an important legacy for Turkey: never again will a Turkish bid for any sports competition be taken lightly.

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