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Poland settle dispute with Fifa

Blatter 'monitoring' Poland situation

The Polish Football Association has settled a dispute with its government that threatened its right to co-host Euro 2012, says Fifa boss Sepp Blatter.

Fifa gave Poland a deadline of 1100 BST on Monday to reinstate their FA after it was suspended by the government.

Missing that deadline would have risked suspension from all competitions and losing their status as Euro 2012 hosts.

But Blatter has said that Fifa will not impose any sanctions on Poland if the agreement comes into force on Tuesday.

"We have received letters and documents that there has been an agreement between the FA and the Polish government," said Blatter.

"If this agreement comes into force tomorrow (Tuesday) it is sufficient for us. We will not impose any sanctions once the agreement comes into force."

The arbitration tribunal of the Polish National Olympic Committee suspended the FA (PZPN) last week after they allegedly failed to address corruption issues and named an administrator.

David O, BBC Sport

But Fifa and Uefa refused to recognise the new structure as they do not accept political interference in national associations, and the Polish National Olympic Committee must now withdraw the temporary administrator.

The Polish government has agreed to end its administration of the PZPN and adhere to a "roadmap" set up following a similar row in 2007.

Failure to comply would have meant Poland faced being handed automatic 3-0 defeats in their upcoming World Cup qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Slovakia, but those matches will now take place.

Uefa had also threatened to take Euro 2012 away from Poland - co-hosts along with Ukraine - if it failed to reinstate its Football Association.

That remains a possibility as Fifa says it will continue to "closely monitor the situation at the Polish FA and the implementation of the measures established in the roadmap".

The roadmap was created following discussions between the Polish FA, the Polish government, Fifa and Uefa and laid out the steps that should be taken before elections take place at the Polish FA.

The matter will be analysed and discussed at the next Fifa Executive Committee meeting on 23-24 October.

see also
Euro 2012 co-hosts given go-ahead
26 Sep 08 |  Internationals
Worthington rues NI indiscipline
06 Sep 08 |  Internationals
Poland face action after scandal
22 Jan 07 |  Internationals
Sheriff tries to calm Polish fans
02 Sep 08 |  South of Scotland

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