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Head Of Poland's Euro 2012 Preparations Says Ukraine Failed To Meet Expectations

The Euro 2012 logo at Borispol airport in northern Ukraine
The head of Poland's preparations for the 2012 European football championship has criticized his Ukrainian partners for failing to meet expectations for the games.

Speaking in Barcelona, Wojciech Folejewski said Ukraine has faced repeated construction delays of stadiums and other infrastructure needed for the games and is likely to have difficulty accommodating the hundreds of thousands of fans expected to flood into the post-Soviet country for the competition.

The head of the UEFA European football union, Michel Platini, gave a more upbeat assessment, saying in Paris that the tournament in the two former Eastern bloc countries would be a "magnificent celebration of European football."

The championship kicks off June 8 with a match between Poland and Greece in Warsaw.

With AFP and AP reports