UEFA reveals Turkey infrastructure issues even after Erdoğan splurge

Turkey’s application to host the Euro 2024 football championships has revealed a raft of transport problems across the country even after President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan spent tens of billions of dollars upgrading infrastructure over the past decade.

In a preliminary report on Turkey’s application to host the championships, UEFA said only five cities in Turkey – Istanbul, Ankara, Antalya, Trabzon and Gaziantep – met transport needs, even with planned upgrades. Four others will need to pledge temporary measures.

Recent economic developments in the country “may put planned public investments under pressure,” UEFA said.

Furthermore, UEFA said hotel accommodation was largely limited or very limited, with the exception of Istanbul and Antalya. Meanwhile, only four stadiums were capable of hosting quarter finals and beyond, with all of them in the country’s northwest.

Beer advertising – Turkey has a blanket ban but Carlsberg has hosted the championships since the start of the century – and lack of human rights guarantees were also concerns, as well as the geographical spread of training facilities, UEFA said.