FIFA has today, 6 October 2008, received an exchange of communications between the Polish sports ministry and the Polish FA (PZPN), which indicates a positive evolution in the situation of the PZPN. The letters were received within the noon (CET) deadline established by FIFA last Wednesday.

The sports ministry has agreed to adhere to the main principles of the roadmap that had been agreed by the Polish government, FIFA and UEFA in 2007, with the re-activation of the Independent Electoral Committee (ICE) composed of state authorities and representatives of FIFA and UEFA in order to ensure that the correct procedures are followed in the upcoming elections to the PZPN.

At the same time, the Polish sports ministry has declared that as soon as the ICE has begun its work, at the latest early tomorrow (7 October 2008), the Polish National Olympic Committee will be asked to withdraw the temporary administrator of the PZPN.

This positive evolution will allow the two 2010 FIFA World Cup™ qualifying matches Poland v. Czech Republic and Slovakia v. Poland, scheduled for 11 and 15 October respectively, to take place.

However, FIFA will continue to closely monitor the situation at the Polish FA and the implementation of the measures established in the roadmap. The matter will be analysed and discussed once more at the next FIFA Executive Committee meeting on 23-24 October.