FIFA threaten to pull Polish team out of World Cup qualifiers

FIFA has threatened to pull Polish national team out of the World Cup qualifiers if Michal Listkiewicz (picture left), former president of the Polish FA, was not reinstalled before October 6. Listkiewicz was fired after a corruption scandal.


World football's governing body FIFA has issued Poland an October 6 deadline to reinstate the country's scandal-mired football federation (PZPN), the Polish PAP news agency reported on Wednesday.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter (pictured above, right)  was reported to have given the ultimatum, threatening banning Poland from World Cup qualifiers, in a letter addressed to dismissed PZPN head Michal Listkiewicz.

Poland risks walkover losses in an October 11 match with the Czech Republic and an October 15 match with Slovakia should the deadline not be met.

Earlier this week, an arbitration court linked to the Polish Olympic Committee dismissed PZPN officials and in their place named an administrator, Robert Zawlocki, "because of numerous violations of the law."

European football's governing body UEFA then said they and FIFA recognised neither the court's decision nor the administrator's appointment.

FIFA, following joint discussions with UEFA, added they would be officially dealing with the matter at the next FIFA Executive Committee meeting in Zurich on October 23-24.

The country are joint hosts with Ukraine for the next European football championships in 2012.

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