During a joint meeting with a delegation from FIFA and UEFA headed by FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter in Warsaw (Poland) yesterday, the President of Poland, Lech Kaczynski, backed the re-establishment of normality and publicly announced his support for the roadmap drawn up by FIFA to help Polish football resolve the crisis that has been destabilising it for several months.
At the meeting, also attended by UEFA Executive Committee member and Football Federation of Ukraine President Grigoriy Surkis and FIFA presidential delegate for special affairs Jérôme Champagne, the President of Poland confirmed that the decisions taken by the Polish Minister of Sports on 19 January (cf. media release http://www.fifa.com/en/media/index/0,1369,130023,00.html on 22 January 2007) would be annulled. Consequently, the post of commissioner appointed to head the Polish Football Association (PZPN) was abolished and the executive committee and President of the PZPN, Michal Listkiewicz, were reinstated with full statutory powers.
Moreover, a decision was taken to set up an independent electoral committee comprising representatives of the President and Prime Minister of Poland as well as FIFA and UEFA. This committee, headed by Professor Michal Kleiber, the Polish President's adviser for social affairs, will guide the PZPN's activities until the next elections are held.
"I have to thank Polish President Lech Kaczynski for his support and perception of the situation," commented the FIFA President. "The Polish Football Association has now had its rights restored and enjoys the trust of the international football family."
The FIFA President also found time to talk to current Poland national team coach Leo Beenhakker during the course of his trip.