UEFA has warned Ukraine that their role as joint host of the Euro 2012 finals was in jeopardy as a dispute emerged over government interference in the running of the game in the eastern European country.
The executive committee of UEFA wrote to Ukraine to warn it of the threat of suspension from European football unless it received a satisfactory response by February 4, secretary general Gianni Infantino said.
“If the FFU (Ukraine federation) is suspended from membership of UEFA, it was the unanimous view of the executive committee that it would not be tenable to play the final round of the UEFA European football championship in Ukraine in 2012,” the letter said.
Ukraine are due to co-host the competition with Poland.
A suspension would mean a ban for Ukranian clubs and the national side from European competitions.
UEFA’s move followed a similar step by world football’s governing body FIFA.
“Essentially it’s about political interference in the running of Ukrainian football,” Infantino explained after a regular meeting of UEFA’s executive committee.
“We have written a letter to the football federation of Ukraine requesting the necessary steps are taken. They will have to conform by February 4,” he told journalists.
“If nothing has changed then the emergency committee will have to meet to decide a suspension, or something else.”
“But we are confident we can find a solution,” he added.