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FIFA sanctions for Ukraine-Poland match suspended - Surkis

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UEFA Vice President and Honorary President of the Football Federation of Ukraine Hryhoriy Surkis has said that the decision by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee on the 2014 World Cup qualifier between Ukraine and Poland has been suspended.

He said this at a press briefing at Kyiv's Football House on Thursday, a Ukrinform correspondent reported, referring to the online broadcast of the briefing at

"The appeal has been filed, but since they have no time to consider it the decision has been suspended. At the moment we are talking about the suspension of sanctions for one match, for the game in Kharkiv. Ukraine's national team showed through its play and gave hope that we can go to Brazil as participants, rather than tourists. But if we do not live up to expectations and again violate the rules, they will punish us. FIFA President Sepp Blatter said that football should unite people, rather than split them. Our country has been split after the events in Lviv, and the situation is getting worse. I urge you to warn fans: no flares, no political banners, etc," Surkis said.

He noted that unprecedented security measures should be taken for the match between Ukraine and Poland in Kharkiv. "I think that the federation will turn to the police and law enforcement agencies that will help maintain order," Surkis said.

As reported, on September 27, the FIFA Disciplinary Committee decided that the 2014 World Cup qualifier between Ukraine and Poland would be played without spectators. Moreover, the committee decided that Ukraine would be banned from playing in the Arena Lviv stadium as from September 27 and for the whole duration of the preliminary competition for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

FFU lodged an appeal against this decision and asked FIFA to consider it under the accelerated procedure.
The match between Ukraine and Poland will be held at the Metalist Stadium in Kharkiv on October 11.

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