Brazil Suing FIFA Over World Cup Funds
Prosecutors in Brazil are seeking an injunction to prevent further use of public funds in building temporary infrastructure for next summer’s World Cup.
FIFA is seeking public money for the installation of tents, cabling, and communication equipment for broadcasters. Brazil contends the expenditures would have no long-term benefit for the country and, thus, they should not be held accountable.
They are also seeking reimbursement on $106 million already spent.
A successful injunction could save Brazil about $540 million in taxpayer money, according to a statement by the Procuradoria Geral da Republica, the equivalent of the U.S. attorney general.
Brazil is already spending $3.5 billion in building and refurbishing 12 stadiums, a move that under fire from a number of Brazilians who believe the money should have been spent on health care and education.
“The public interest is not served by these costs that will not leave any legacy for the Brazilian people,” said a statement from the office of the prosecutor.
Lottery Delay Pushes Back Ticket Sales
A delay in the completion of the lottery for tickets to next year’s World Cup in Brazil means the next sales period will be delayed by six days.
According to a FIFA release, the delay is “to ensure the Brazilian authorities’ involvement in supervising the procedures for the allocation of tickets following the first sales period.”
“As the next sales period is on a first-come, first-served basis, it is essential that all those applicants for tickets from the first period have been informed on the status of their application by the time we reopen sales,” said Thierry Weil, director of marketing for FIFA.
With 1,000 individual draw procedures taking place for applicants who signed up by match, by team, and by stadium in various cases, the process could take over 24 hours. It is being held in Manchester, England.
Applicants will be notified of their status by November 10.
Seat Supplier Found for Cuiaba Stadium
World Cup organizers in Brazil have overcome a hurdle that could have jeopardized their chances of meeting FIFA’s December deadline for stadium completion.
Officials in Brazil have reached an agreement with a seat supplier for the stadium in Cuiaba, avoiding a bidding process that could have delayed progress on the project.
“This deal will avoid possible losses if the construction is not delivered within the timetable established by FIFA,” said state prosecutor Clovis de Almeida in a statement.
FIFA has warned that the delays leading up to the Confederations Cup can not be repeated. Only two of six venues were ready in time.
Organizers says Kango Brasil, the supplier, has agreed to lower the prices of seats, allowing the original bidding process to stand. The initial process was canceled after prosecutors said they were overpriced.
The agreement awaits the approval of a judge, which should come in the next few days.
Training Center Directory Released
A directory featuring the 83 national training centers available to squads in next year’s World Cup has been released.
Speaking at a release event in Barra Funda, organizing committee Jose Maria Marin said to FIFA.com, “This directory is the result of a long and painstaking evaluation process and contains very important information for the national teams taking part in next year’s World Cup.”
The guide is now available to download from FIFA.com.
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