With regard to your article about Portuguese football stadia (NCE 10 June), why has Portugal, the poorest country in the EU before the recent enlargement and now number 17, built 10 football stadia, seven with a capacity of 30,000 and three with even larger capacities?
The answer is because UEFA demanded this as a condition for staging Euro 2004.
But these stadia, costing local authorities, government and football clubs, as the article notes, hundreds of millions of pounds, will be virtually useless in the future.
Given that the average attendance for games in the Portuguese Premier League is about 4,000 how can this be value for money?
Malcolm Millais (M), malcolm. millais@clix. pt