MONTE CARLO Aug 30 UEFA president Michel
Platini wants the Champions League final to take place at the
weekend rather than on a Wednesday night, he told reporters on
Platini, who took over as president of UEFA earlier this
year said at a media briefing: "At the final in Athens in May I
was astounded that there were no families and children at the
match. This would change if it was played at the weekend."
The Champions League, and previously the European Cup final,
have traditionally been scheduled for a Wednesday night since
the first final took place in 1956.
However, the Frenchman added the UEFA Cup final could not be
played at the weekend because of schedule problems.
"It is not easy to have one weekend. Two is simply
impossible," he said.
Platini said he wanted 75 percent of people attending the
major UEFA competitions' finals to be fans, not invitees.
The former France playmaker added he wanted the European Cup
finals to be played in soccer stadiums with an average capacity
of 70,000 to solve security issues.
"If making more seats available through larger stadiums can
help solve these security problems then we have to do it," he
"Let's see if it works, but of course we cannot accommodate
everyone and start building 250,000-seater stadiums."