FIFA Sets Sights on World Cup Match-Fixers
A formal Interpol executive now working with FIFA says match-fixing is a threat to this year’s World Cup.
“We must assume that organized crime gangs will also try to fix matches at the World Cup,” said Ralf Mutschke to German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
Mutschke, who served as a police officer for 30 years, said FIFA will work diligently to preserve the integrity of the tournament.
“We have security agents in the 12 stadiums. All World Cup matches will be monitored on the betting market,” he said.
He also said that agents will be in contact with bookmakers while also going through social networks and online forums “with a fine tooth comb.”
Airline Caps Prices for World Cup Flights
A Brazilian airline is setting a maximum price for flights during the World Cup to avoid charges of price gouging.
Azul told AFP that it will charge a maximum of $450 for one-way flights, or $900 for a round trip, for all domestic trips from June 12 to July 13.
The move comes amid reports of price gouging by those in the travel industry, such as hotels and airlines.
Azul will make an additional 600 flights available to meet soaring demand. Approximately 600,000 tourists are expected to visit Brazil for the tournament.
Additionally, Brazilian fans are expected to travel across the country to follow their favorite teams, prompting airlines to add 1,500 flights during the World Cup.
Neymar: Brazil Has No Fear
Speaking at yesterday’s Ballon d’Or ceremony, Brazilian star Neymar said his team has “no fear” heading into this year’s World Cup.
“Playing in a World Cup is a great privilege for a player,” said the 21-year old to Nigeria’s Daily Post. “It’s a moment I will never forget. It’s a massive competition.”
Brazil has won five World Cups, a record. It last took the title in 2002.
“We don’t care who we play. We will meet anybody,” said the Barca standout. “There’s are so many other great teams there. As long as we are in the final, I don’t mind.”
Ribery Prefers World Cup Title to Ballon d’Or
After settling for third place in Ballon d’Or voting, Franck Ribery says he would rather win the World Cup than an individual accolade.
“What more could I have done other than to win absolutely everything with Bayern?” the Frenchman said to German newspaper Bild.
His club, Bayern Munich, won five trophies in 2013.
“I’m no egoist and this title is not my aim,” Ribery said of the Ballon d’Or.
“I’d rather win everything with Bayern all over again and then win the World Cup. That’s important.”
He would have been the first Bundesliga player to take the top individual honor.