poles in from cold

The Polish Football Association has settled a dispute with its government that threatened its right to co-host Euro 2012, says Fifa boss Sepp Blatter.

The Polish Football Association has settled a dispute with its government that threatened its right to co-host Euro 2012, says Fifa boss Sepp Blatter.

Fifa gave Poland a deadline of 10am yesterday to reinstate their FA after it was suspended by the government.

After missing that deadline they risked suspension from all competitions and losing their status as Euro 2012 hosts.

"We have received letters and documents that there has been an agreement between the FA and the Polish government," said Blatter.

If this agreement comes into force tomorrow [today] it is sufficient for us.

"We will not impose any sanctions once the agreement comes into force."

The Polish national team faced being handed automatic 3-0 defeats in their upcoming World Cup qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

l France striker Nicolas Anelka is a doubt for Saturday's World Cup qualifier in Romania because of a leg injury, according to his club Chelsea's manager Luiz Felipe Scolari.

Anelka netted Chelsea's second goal in a 2-0 win over Aston Villa in the Premier League on Sunday before limping off with a thigh muscle problem.

"I'm not sure yet whether he can play with the national team. For the first game, it seems complicated.

"But he can stay with the French team," Scolari told yesterday's edition of French sports daily L'Equipe.

"He needs two or three days rest and maybe he will be able to play the second match."

France, fourth in their qualifying Group Seven after two matches, travel to Romania on Saturday and take on Tunisia at the Stade de France in a friendly three days later. - BBC and Reuters

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