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Poland demands FIFA drop ultimatum

SoccerNews in World Cup 3 Oct 2008

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Poland’s Sports Ministry demanded on Friday that FIFA drop its Monday deadline for the reinstatement of the suspended national football federation (PZPN) in a row which could see Poland serve a two-match World Cup ban.

“The talks between the Ministry of Sport and Tourism and the Polish Football Union will not be resumed until FIFA retracts its ultimatum,” senior Polish sports ministry official Adam Giersz said Friday, quoted by the Polish PAP news agency.

Giersz spoke after the latest in a string of inconclusive crisis talks Friday between sports ministry officials and the deposed PZPN board.

The world football governing body FIFA on Wednesday gave Poland until Monday midday to reinstate PZPN officials ousted by an Polish Olympic committee arbitration court or face Poland being banned from 2010 World Cup qualifiers scheduled for October 11 and 15.

FIFA told AFP Friday night it had not changed its position and the Monday noon deadline remained in effect.

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