Brazil: Curitiba losing World Cup games? FIFA demands guarantees

source: Reuters.com

Brazil: Curitiba losing World Cup games? FIFA demands guarantees Though it's Sao Paulo that saw crane falling onto the stands, Curitiba's redeveloped Arena da Baixada is now the most delayed stadium of the 2014 World Cup. Today FIFA questioned the construction pace and threatened to drop the city, unless delivery is guaranteed by February 18.

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Commenting his visit to Curitiba, FIFA secretary general Gerome Valcke couldn't hide his dissapointment. During the press conference he told reporters that the city's World Cup spot is at risk.

"As you can imagine, the current situation of the stadium is not something we really appreciate," Jerome Valcke told reporters on a visit to Arena da Baixada. The stadium's completion rate is now at 88.8%, lowest of all venues.

"The stadium is not only late, it is very, very late. If you don't have a stadium you can't have games," he added. "It is an emergency situation."

Brazil's Sports Minister said his government would do everything to avoid the potential embarrassment. "All our efforts are focused on taking the measures that will guarantee the Parana stadium is in the 2014 World Cup," Aldo Rebelo said after meeting with President Dilma Rousseff and the head of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach.

Arena da BaixadaPhoto: Arena CAP

Arena da BaixadaPhoto: Arena CAP

Arena da BaixadaPhoto: Arena CAP

Arena da BaixadaPhoto: Arena CAP

 

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