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By Press Association

Scotland and Ireland’s joint bid to host the Euro 2008 football tournament has been boosted by a five-figure sponsorship pledge by BT Scotland.
The telecommunications company announced its backing a week after the bid was officially handed over at Uefa’s headquarters in Switzerland.
They are up against a number of rival bids, the strongest of which have emerged as a four-nation Scandinavian consortium and a joint venture between Switzerland and Austria.
BT Scotland director Bob Downes said: “As one of the biggest employers in Scotland, with some of the most enthusiastic fans, BT Scotland is committed to supporting important initiatives such as Scotland and Ireland’s bid for Euro 2008.
“This bid will have a tremendous impact on the economy of both countries.
“BT Scotland is already supportive of our national game through its 10-year sponsorship of Hampden Park, which will be hosting the final should the bid be successful.
“We are delighted to be working with the Scottish Football Association, the Football Association of Ireland and the Scottish and Irish governments to support what we see as a very strong and positive bid.”
Tourism, sport and culture minister Mike Watson announced the sponsorship at an Edinburgh press conference.
He said: “This is further good news for the bid, following a positive presentation last week to the chief executive of Uefa.
“We are confident that we have submitted an extremely strong bid, which is certainly enhanced by the support of companies such as BT.”
SFA chief executive David Taylor, who handed over the bid last week, added: “The support of the private sector is an important element of the bid.
“BT already has a significant involvement in football and they have in the past provided great support in the development of Hampden Park.
“Their involvement in the joint Euro 2008 bid is a great boost to the project.”
The announcement comes not long after Irish fans were voted by World Cup officials as the best in the tournament.

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