Jerusalem’s The Maariv has a story about Germany’s and Poland’s unofficial proposals to UEFA to host the Euro-2012 finals if Ukraine fails to prepare for the tournament, LigaBusinessInform reports June 13.
According to the report, UEFA President Michel Platini is to pay an urgent visit to Ukraine to see if any headway has been made in the construction of stadiums, roads, hotels and other infrastructure.
June 12, Reuters disseminated a report saying Ukraine might lose its right to host the Euro2012- finals as even the reconstruction of the country’s main stadium in Kyiv has not been started.
At first, the Hochtief company, a world leader for building stadiums, was chosen in a tender. However, as a new minister for sports was named following the 2007 parliamentary elections, another tender was announced to reconstruct the Kyiv stadium, with Taiwan-based Archaisa Design group Ltd. becoming winner.
Meanwhile, UEFA experts who inspected the Kyiv stadium in May say that the modernization or the construction of a new stadium is impossible due to the lack of understanding on the part of the Ukrainian authorities of the project’s urgency and importance.