UEFA’s Platini in Poland for crunch Euro 2012 talks

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  • Thursday, 03 Jul 2008

WARSAW: UEFA chief Michel Platini arrived in Poland yesterday for crunch talks with the country’s leaders, amid concerns over slack preparations for Euro 2012 by the Poles and their Ukrainian co-hosts.

Platini was due to sit down in Warsaw for one-on-one discussions with football-mad Prime Minister Donald Tusk, then President Lech Kaczynski, before travelling to Kiev today for similar meetings with their Ukrainian counterparts – Yulia Tymoshenko and Viktor Yushchenko.

Members of UEFA’s 10-strong delegation were meanwhile to hold talks with Polish and Ukrainian government ministers, football federation leaders and other officials preparing for the next edition of the European Championship.

French football legend Platini has been issuing repeated warnings to Poland and Ukraine, who in April 2007 were UEFA’s surprise pick to host the 2012 edition of the quadrennial, 16-nation championship, beating Italy and joint bidders Hungary and Croatia.

On Saturday, Platini stepped up the pressure by giving Poland and Ukraine a September deadline to prove they are on target.

Platini recalled that after a meeting on Jan 29, UEFA’s executive had already told the Poles and Ukrainians to “wake up” and gave them four months to prove their mettle.

“In September in Bordeaux we will make a final decision,” said Platini, referring to the executive’s next session in the southern French city on Sept 25-26. – AFP

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