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Poland Warned of World Cup Suspension
    2008-10-02 08:38:20     Xinhua

Poland was warned of World Cup suspension unless its football association was reinstated by Oct. 6, said soccer's world governing body FIFA on Wednesday.

 

A FIFA spokesman confirmed that if Poland was in breach of statutes after the deadline, the World Cup qualifiers against the Czech Republic on Oct. 11 and Slovakia on Oct. 15 may not take place and their opponents could be awarded a 3-0 win.

 

The management board of the Polish FA (PZPN) was suspended on Monday by the country's arbitration tribunal at the request of Warsaw's sports minister Miroslaw Drzewiecki in an anti-corruption drive and replaced by an administrator.

 

FIFA and European governing body UEFA said they do not recognise administrator Robert Zawlock. Warsaw was also warned it risked losing the right to co-host Euro 2012 alongside Ukraine.

 

"FIFA has today sent a letter...in order to stress the fact that the internationally-recognised authorities of the PZPN must be restored in the headquarters of the federation in order to be able to adequately organise the two 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches," FIFA said in a statement.

 

"The letter indicates a deadline of Oct. 6 at noon for those authorities recognised by FIFA and UEFA to receive full control of the Polish FA premises... The Polish FA is reminded of the potential consequences defined in case of violation of the FIFA Statutes."
 
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