The main construction contractor building the Lviv Stadium for the 2012 European Football Championship has been discharged following slow progress.

Ukraine's Deputy Prime Minister Boris Kolesnikov announced the decision on Tuesday and revealed an international consortium of Ukrainian, Croatian, Turkish and Macedonian companies will continue the stadium construction.

The redevelopment of the Olympic Stadium in the capital Kiev is already three months behind schedule and work has fallen behind on Ukraine's other venues.

However the impressive Donbass Arena, home to Shakhtar Donetsk, opened in August 2009 despite criticism for being behind schedule during construction.

Earlier this week, Uefa President Michel Platini expressed concerns over site delays, hinting Ukraine could lose the rights to host the tournament.

If UEFA decided to pull the plug on Ukraine, it would leave co-hosting nation Poland, either looking for additional footballing venues or seeking a new co-host from neighbouring Countries.

Both Ukraine and Poland must provide four stadiums each, hosting 31 matches in total for the prestigious tournament in summer 2012.

Posted on 31/03/2010