Scots ready to step in

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The Scottish Football Association are eager to step into the breach if Poland and Ukraine are stripped of the 2012 European Championship finals.

UEFA on Tuesday warned the Polish government their interference in the country's football association could threaten their hosting of the tournament.

And SFA chief executive Gordon Smith told The Scotsman: "Our position is straightforward. If, in the event of it being taken away from Poland and Ukraine, it was opened to bids, then we would seek to establish if a bid from us would be considered by UEFA."

Smith added: "If the response was positive then we would undertake a feasibility study along with the Scottish government to decide if we would bid."

The Polish football federation was suspended on Monday for allegedly failing to address corruption, and the government have appointed an administrator to run the organisation.

But UEFA and FIFA say they will not recognise the administrator - both take a firm line that there should be no political interference in national associations.

It is the latest problem to hit Poland and Ukraine, who were last week told they must speed up their preparations for the event and meet several conditions.

FIFA and UEFA will now work together to decide on the next steps and the matter will be brought up at the next FIFA executive committee meeting in Zurich on October 23 and 24.

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