UEFA President Michel Platini has admitted that the decision to award the hosting of the Euro 2012 to Poland & Ukraine as “slightly rash.”
The FIFA Vice-President made the statement at Euro 2012 summit in Warsaw, saying that in the wake of the current global economic downturn it was a rash decision but that he still expected a ”fabulous festival of European football” this summer. Euro 2012 is set to get underway on June 6th, but both host nations have been beset by preparation problems since being surprisingly awarded the event in April 2007. Indeed, December’s finals draw saw Football Federation of Ukraine (FFU) president Hrigory Surkis hail UEFA’s “patience” after admitting that the country had come close to losing its right to co-host the tournament.
Back in spring 2010; Platini threatened to strip the former Soviet state of their right to co-host the tournament as political and economic upheaval meant that stadia and infrastructure were nowhere near completion. Platini has this week hailed the progress made by both host nations over the past 18 months: “In April 2007 in Cardiff, the UEFA Executive Committee took the brave decision to open European football’s flagship tournament to two countries that had never previously organised sports events of such magnitude,” he said, according to UEFA.com. “When difficulties had become apparent, we were faced with a decision, but, in the end the most logical decision was to stick with our original decision and maintain our trust in Poland and Ukraine.”