Tuesday 23 January 2018

Paul Kelso: How prepared are Poland and Ukraine for an invasion of football fans next summer?

The National Stadium in Warsaw which will play host to Euro 2012
The National Stadium in Warsaw which will play host to Euro 2012

WHEN two nations once shrouded by the Iron Curtain were selected to host Euro 2012, the concerns typically raised about any hosts were amplified by the challenge of delivering a tournament in countries facing huge economic and social challenges.

There was an element of risk for Uefa in choosing to head east to countries with a football history more impressive than their pedigree.

The decision was partly payback from Michel Platini to the eastern bloc nations that helped him into office just three months before the vote in April 2007.

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