Sepp Blatter says only natural disaster will force a 2010 Plan B, not worries over construction and security. (Getty Images)

Brazil 2010?

In case of catastrophe, FIFA will move the 2010 World Cup to 2014 host country Brazil, according to Spanish media.

“FIFA has informed the South African government of its decision to consult the Brazilian Football Federation on the possibility of organizing the next two tournaments,” the news report said. However, it declined to name its source.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter said before the Euro 2008 final he has a plan B for hosting the next World Cup should natural disaster befall South Africa. Media outlets speculate the real concern is construction delays and security concerns, but Blatter insists the alternate will only become active in the event of a tragedy.

Mexican football officials have offered to host the World Cup if necessary.

Barcelona Won’t Release Messi

Argentinean Lionel Messi is stuck between his club team and his national team. (Getty Images)

Despite a direct order from FIFA to release player under the age of 23, club team Barcelona will not release Argentinean star Lionel Messi to play in Beijing.

“We have a case, and we will fight for Messi to play the Champions League qualifier because he should be with us. We have let FIFA know this. We continue insisting but we hope we can reach a settlement that is agreed by all parties,” Barca sports director Txiki Begiristain told Spanish media.

FIFA can’t make club teams release players older than 23, but FIFA rules state teams must let anyone younger play for their national team in the Olympics.

Messi has already reported to the Barcelona camp to start training.

Beach Football World Cup

The Beach Football World Cup kicks off on July 17. (Getty Images)

The FIFA Beach Football World Cup will take place in Marseille from July 17 to 27. Sixteen teams from across the world will compete. The fourth Beach Football World Cup will be the first outside of Brazil. France is the only nation besides Brazil to win the title.

FIFA will post all matches as webcasts online

FIFA Briefs…

Angel Maria Villar, head of Spain’s football federation, discussed bidding for the 2018 World Cup at a recent federation meeting. The bid has the support of club team Barcelona’s President Joan Laporta and Secretary of Sport Jaime Lissavetzky. Portugal has indicated desire to stage a joint bid. England is the only country with a formal bid so far, but Australia and the U.S. have shown interest as well as other countries.

FIFA has granted the Iraq Football Federation one year to reorganize management and ratify statutes. Security issues have compromised the federation, but the Iraq League Championship has continued unhindered so FIFA gave the federation extra time before elections.


Media Watch…

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Written by Eric Connelly.

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