Poland and Ukraine get go-ahead

UEFA have confirmed that Poland and Ukraine remain the co-hosts of EURO 2012, despite 'a certain number of conditions' to avoid any possible disruption to the tournament. There have been mounting concerns over the two countries' readiness to co-host the European Championships, with doubts over their abilities to meet the massive challenge of building the required stadiums and upgrading their transport and hotel sectors in time.

UEFA noted that a visit in January to Poland and Ukraine revealed that "the national bodies overseeing the project erred because of a lack of experience and rigour, and that the development of the necessary infrastructures needed for the good running of the final tournament was practically at a standstill."

Platini then personally led a UEFA delegation to both countries in July and said he was still unhappy at the lack of progress, warning officials they could lose the right to host UEFA EURO 2012 if considerable improvements were not made. The executive committee said on Friday, however, that it wished "to underline that progress has been achieved by both countries in the last six months at an organisational level and in the advancement of the infrastructure elements, although progress is neither uniform nor constant."

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"The executive committee reconfirmed UEFA's commitment to organise the 2012 UEFA European Championship in Poland and Ukraine," UEFA said in a statement. "At the same time, the Executive Committee stressed a number of conditions which must be met in order to bring the whole project forward."

Both host countries must continue to make the necessary efforts as any slackening could put in doubt the organisation of this tournament in these countries, warned UEFA. The body added that it will decide how many and which stadiums (and therefore cities) will be used as venues for the competition, with a minimum of six and a maximum of eight, taking into account that contracts have been signed with eight stadiums, cities and airports.

Other conditions included the fact that "there will not necessarily be the same number of venues per country", while "the completion of the Kiev and Warsaw stadiums remains an essential element of the whole project. The governments of both countries must support their national associations and fulfil the commitments they gave to UEFA in the scope of the project, notably concerning accommodation and transport infrastructures," it concluded.