Ukraine will not lose the right to host the EURO 2012 finals because of the conflict involving the Ukrainian Football Federation (FFU), Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych told Polish reporters, according to the UKRINFORM-based Information Center "Ukraine-2012".

In his words, Ukraine has managed to catch up with the training schedule for the tournament, and the construction of some facilities for the upcoming championships goes ahead.

According to the head of state, discussing the internal problems of the FFU should be postponed for next year.

Yanukovych also said he held a working meeting with FFU president of Hryhoriy Surkis.

As UKRINFORM reported, on January 28, UEFA warned Ukraine it could be stripped of hosting rights for the 2012 European Championship if politicians and officials try to unseat Ukraine's football federation chief Hryhoriy Surkis.

The ultimatum was issued after a two-day meeting of UEFA's Executive Committee in Nyon, Switzerland, after considering recent correspondence between FIFA and the Football Federation of Ukraine (FFU) sent on 24 January, concerning interference by representatives of the state authorities in the running of the federation.

UEFA has written to the FFU requesting that it take the "necessary concrete steps and provide the relevant confirmations that this has ceased". For avoidance of doubt, suspension of the FFU would entail, inter alia, that clubs affiliated to the FFU will no longer be able to participate in UEFA club competitions and national representative teams from Ukraine will no longer be able to participate in UEFA competitions.

Furthermore, the letter from UEFA informs the FFU that "if the FFU is suspended from membership of UEFA, it was the unanimous view of the UEFA Executive Committee that it would not be tenable to play the final round of the UEFA European Football Championship in Ukraine in 2012".

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