Union of European Football Assocations (UEFA) president Michel Platini has given the Ukranian government two months to catch up with its Euro 2012 construction schedule.
Building work and infrastructure in the capital Kiev, which is due to stage the final, and in the western city of Lviv are an estimated five months behind schedule. The stadium in Kiev is being refurbished while a new stadium is being built in Lviv.
Economic troubles, a severe winter and political tension have led to long delays in preparations ahead of the 16 nation tournament the Ukraine is co-hosting with neighbouring Poland.
“Ukraine has two months to show what it can do. We cannot waste time any more.”
Michel Platini, UEFA
Ukraine’s new president Viktor Yanukovich conceded that preparations for the tournament were “in terrible shape” and it would cost 40bn hryvnia (£3.3bn) to catch up on the delay, but stressed everything would be done to make sure work is finished on time and avoid a national disgrace.
“Ukraine has two months to show what it can do. We cannot waste time any more,” Platini said after his meeting with Yanukovych at the end of a two day visit to four of the country’s host cities.
Ukraine had already announced weekly auctions of treasury bills to help raise cash, and Euro 2012 minister Borys Kolesnikov announced government plans to stump up £2.2bn from the 2010 state budget to help modernise stadiums, develop airport infrastructure and build roads.