(WFI) FIFA could next week drop one or two proposed host venues for the 2013 Confederations Cup in Brazil.
Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Fortaleza, Recife, Rio de Janeiro and Salvador are the six venues scheduled to stage the June tournament that is a dress rehearsal for the World Cup.
Of these Recife is most at risk of being axed, despite assurances from the state government two weeks ago that work was accelerating on Arena Pernambuco.
Brazil Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo said two weeks ago that building work had been speeded up and “if that pace was maintained, there is a statistical chance that it will be ready before the FIFA Confederations Cup”.
However, the mid-April finish date promised by Pernambuco State governor may be too close for comfort for FIFA.
FIFA and the Confederations Cup organising committee will confirm the host venues at a media briefing in Sao Paulo on Nov. 8. An update on the ticketing for what is dubbed the ‘Festival of Champions’ will also be presented.
José Maria Marin, head of the tournament organisers, will join LOC board
member Ronaldo, sports minister Rebelo and Luis Fernandes, executive secretary at the sports ministry at the presentation. Representing FIFA will be director of marketing Thierry Weil and communications chief Walter De Gregorio.
FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke will not travel to Brazil. The Frenchman is currently recovering from a kidney infection, which hospitalised him in Brazil for four days last month.
CAS Rejects Latest Bin Hammam Appeal
The Court of Arbitration for Sport has rejected an appeal by former FIFA presidential candidate Mohamed Bin Hammam’s against FIFA’s provisional ban amid a fresh probe into allegations of wrongdoing.
FIFA extended the 90-day provisional ban by another 45 days last week.
CAS found in favour of FIFA. The decision came after FIFA’s new ethics chief Michael J Garcia launched a new investigation into allegations Bin Hammam bribed Caribbean voters ahead of the June 2011 FIFA presidential election.
Although the Court of Arbitration for Sport in July overturned a lifetime ban imposed on the Qatari last year, he was then hit by the 90-day ban in August when Garcia announced the probe.
Garcia is also investigating claims of financial mismanagement while Bin Hammam was in charge of the Asian Football Confederation.
By INSIDER editor Mark Bisson
Your best source of news about the global football business is World Football INSIDER