Poland and Ukraine have been chosen to co-host the European Championship soccer tournament in 2012. Governing body UEFA said they had been selected ahead of Italy and another joint bid from Croatia and Hungary.
The decision comes despite a political crisis in Ukraine and a refugee corruption scandal in Poland. Their fortunes improved after Warsaw sacked its football association and Ukraine’s president said the political crisis would be resolved peacefully.
FIFA President Sepp Blatter gave the bid his public support.