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Polish PM guarantees country will be ready to host Euro 2012 after meeting with Platini



WARSAW, Poland: Poland's prime minister assured that his country's preparations to co-host the 2012 European Championship are on track after meeting with UEFA president Michel Platini.


"We are carefully carrying out the plan that we have adopted and that has been accepted by UEFA," Donald Tusk said Wednesday at a joint news conference with Platini. "We still have a lot of work to do, including on stadiums, airports and hotels. They are very ambitious projects, but I assured the president (Platini) that we will do it."


Platini, who did not speak to journalists, is leading a UEFA fact-finding delegation to Poland and Euro 2012 co-host Ukraine to gauge the progress the countries have made in their preparations to host European football's showcase event.


The visit comes amid speculation the two Eastern European countries could lose their right to stage the tournament if construction delays worsen.









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UEFA make 250 million euros profit from Euro 2008


ZURICH, July 29 (Reuters)

Euro 2008, co-hosted by Austria and Switzerland, generated a net profit of 250 million euros ($393.7 million) for UEFA, European soccer's governing body said on Tuesday.

UEFA said the money would be used to finance its youth and women's competitions, refereeing and coaching programmes and administrative costs.

Martin Kallen, chief operating officer for the event organisers, said that in comparison with the 2004 finals in Portugal the 2008 event had seen improvements "in almost all areas", :beer: including satisfactory television viewing figures, high public transport usage and the lack of any major security incidents.


Organisers said poor weather at the start of the tournament and the black market resale of tickets had been among the less satisfactory aspects.

More than 1.7 million ticket applications were cancelled before the event in connection with the black market, with a further 1,300 tickets cancelled or seized during the tournament itself.

"Clearly the black market remains a problem though," Kallen said. "Despite all our efforts there were many, many tickets that ended up on the black market.

"We will have to look into what we can do about that in the future, although we know it is not something we can ever control one hundred percent."




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