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Four Polish cities chosen, Ukraine given time

BUCHAREST: UEFA chose four cities in Poland to host the Euro 2012 matches, but said tournament co-host Ukraine could end up with only two venues unless it makes major infrastructure improvements in the next six months.

UEFA said Warsaw, Gdansk, Wroclaw and Poznan will host games, while reserve cities Krakow and Chorzow were both scratched.

It also delivered a warning to Ukraine by confirming only Kiev as a host city and holding off on previous plans to stage the final in the Ukrainian capital.

UEFA guaranteed Kiev group matches, quarterfinal matches and a semifinal. It said Kiev will only host the final if significant improvements are made by November 30 on the city’s Olympic Stadium, airport, infrastructure and hotels.

Three other cities in Ukraine — Lviv, Donetsk and Kharkiv — also have until Nov. 30 to prove they can make the massive upgrades. — AP

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