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Increased Euro 2012 doubts over Ukraine

Updated: Wednesday, 13 May 2009 15:19

Michel Platini has expressed UEFA's growing concerns over the lack of progress being made in Ukraine
Michel Platini has expressed UEFA's growing concerns over the lack of progress being made in Ukraine

UEFA have set Ukraine a final deadline of 30 November to address 'important shortcomings' in their infrastructure and prove they are capable of co-hosting Euro 2012 with Poland.

Kiev must meet UEFA's stringent hosting criteria by that date if the capital is to host the Euro 2012 final, having been passed fit for the group stages and knockout phase, while UEFA still require further evidence of Donetsk, Lviv and Kharkiv's capabilities to stage group matches.

A statement from UEFA today read: 'The comprehensive review showed important shortcomings regarding infrastructure in all Ukrainian cities in question. Significant work must be undertaken to meet the minimum requirements for an event of the size of a final tournament of the UEFA European Football Championship.

'The final match will be held in Kiev only if specific conditions with regard to the stadium, airport infrastructure, regional transport and accommodation are met by 30 November 2009.

'A last deadline has been granted to (Donetsk, Lviv and Kharkiv) to meet specific conditions by 30 November 2009 with regard to the stadiums, airport infrastructure, regional transport and accommodation. Should these conditions not be met by this deadline, the respective venue will not be confirmed/appointed as host cities for matches of UEFA EURO 2012.'

The statement added that Odessa and Dnipropetrovsk had been ruled out of the running to host matches because the infrastructure in those cities would not meet UEFA requirements.

Europe's governing body today confirmed the Polish cities of Gdansk, Poznan, Warsaw and Wroclaw are all set to host games during the tournament.

'We have seen progress over the last few months but we must remind both countries that there is still a huge amount of work to be undertaken,' UEFA president Michel Platini said.

'There are numerous infrastructure issues that urgently need to be resolved in Ukraine to convince the UEFA Executive Committee that the host city candidates can be appointed as UEFA Euro 2012 host cities.'

The verdicts were delivered at a meeting of the UEFA Executive Committee today in Bucharest.

Poland and Ukraine's preparations have been constantly called into question since they were awarded the event, which will take place from 9 June to 1 July, 2012.

But despite the problems, Platini insisted he remains committed to playing in eastern Europe.

'We must respect the decision of the Executive Committee of 18 April 2007, when it awarded the organisation of the European Football Championship 2012 to Poland and Ukraine,' he said.

'This was again emphasised by the UEFA Congress in March 2009, when it stressed the importance that the staging of this world-class event will have to further promote and develop football in the eastern part of Europe.'

UEFA will next review the progress made by the two countries in December.

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