“Critical Point” For Brazil Stadium
One of the stadiums being built for this year’s FIFA World Cup is in jeopardy of losing its matches.
The Curitiba stadium has faced multiple delays in construction and now must make progress very quickly if it is to hold onto its events.
“We cannot organize a match without a stadium. This has reached a critical point,” said FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke to AFP.
The venue is scheduled to host four group matches, including one between Spain and Australia.
“As you must know, the present situation at the stadium is not to our liking,” said Valcke. “Not only is it very behind in its construction, but it has failed to meet any of the deadlines set by FIFA.”
It is estimated that the stadium is 90% complete, but it has faced numerous problems, including worker unrest.
World Cup Not Exempt to Match-Fixing
FIFA head of security Ralf Mutschke said that the World Cup is “not exempt” to match-fixing during an interview with Reuters.
“We have a coherent strategy to counter match manipulation, starting with risk assessment and focusing on teams playing,” Mutschke told Reuters.
FIFA experts will be present at all 64 matches during the World Cup monitoring the event for potential rigged games.
“It would be stupid not to take into consideration that World Cup matches could be targets of fixers. We have to prepare ourselves.”
The world soccer body could even go so far as to postpone matches if match-fixing were suspected at the World Cup. Mutschke stressed that this would be the last resort and not a step FIFA was expected to take.
“If we had real information, immediately before a game, if we knew that fixers had infiltrated the match through players or referees, this would be an option. But, obviously, we have other measures we could implement before that.”