(WFI) Another 180,000 tickets for the World Cup will be put on sale on Wednesday.

There will be tickets available for all 64 matches on www.FIFA.com/tickets, in addition to those tickets still on sale.

As on any other day through the June 12 to July 13 World Cup, from 9h00 local time in each venue, fans will also be able to purchase available tickets in one of the 12 FIFA Venue Ticketing Centres, which are:

FIFA is reminding fans that the additional ticket collection points at airports and other locations in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo are only for tickets that were already purchased online. It is not possible for fans to purchase tickets there.

“Fans don´t need to queue at the FIFA Venue Ticketing Centres – if they want tickets to the matches which are currently temporarily unavailable, all they need to do is to access FIFA.com/tickets from the first minute of Wednesday 4 June,” said Thierry Weil, FIFA’s marketing director.

“The sale of this new lot starts at midnight from Tuesday to Wednesday, Brasilia local time. Sales occur on a first come, first served basis.”

FIFA said additional tickets “are due to the release of buffers in some stadiums following their delivery”.

There has also been very little demand for seats dedicated to people with reduced mobility, world football’s governing body said. “Therefore, FIFA will make the majority of this inventory available to all fans but keep an allocation of these seats reserved,” it said.

More World Cup tickets might become available in the coming days and during the tournament through FIF’s official resale platform, which is used by ticket holders to resell their tickets.

International Broadcasting Centre Opens

FIFA secretary general Jérôme Valcke and Brazil’s deputy sports minister Luis Fernandes opened the IBC on Monday.

The IBC, located at the Riocentro complex in Rio de Janeiro, is the nerve centre for the FIFA TV production of Brazil 2014. FIFA says more than three billion people watched coverage of South Africa 2010.

“This is our link to the world. From here the world will all connect to the World Cup,” Valcke told reporters at the opening ceremony.

Governor of the State of Rio de Janeiro Luiz Fernando Pezão, Rio mayor Eduardo Paes, FIFA director of TV Niclas Ericson and the Brazil 2014 chief executive Ricardo Trade also attended.

FIFA TV production crews at all 64 matches in Brazil will beam images back to the IBC, where feeds will be delivered to its media rights licensees for broadcast in all territories.

Spanning 55,000 square metres, the IBC functions like a broadcasting village, with studios, power, telecommunications, shops, lounges and restaurants serving the needs of thousands of broadcast personnel covering the FIFA showpiece.

There are 17 TV studios for media rights licensees (MRL) ranging up to 400 square metres, work spaces for 86 MRLs, more than 70 miles of primary and secondary electrical cable, 350 40 inch HD screens and a 6,000 square metre satellite farm in a structure that took five months to assemble. It will take seven weeks to dismantle the facility after the final match.

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Every week, the company tracks the headline issues, countries and companies in the spotlight relating to the World Cup.

* Eric Cantona – former Manchester United captain and French

filmmaker – has accused FIFA of corruption in a new documentary film in partnership with Amnesty International. “In giving the World Cup to Qatar they show the world that they don’t really care about the sport…Eighty percent of the people [of Qatar], they work for the other ones, sleeping in – you know, small areas, so many of them. Some of them died, they work for those other ones.” But Cantona is more positive that the tournament in Brazil can bring about results for people: “Because the World Cup is there, now everybody can know a lot of things, and they can speak and they can debate about things…I think it is an opportunity for the country to take that in a positive way for the future.” [more]

* At least 15 protests are scheduled in the 12 World Cup host cities on the event’s opening day. Trade unions representing transport workers, Brazilian consulate employees, university professors, teachers, museum staff and many others are demanding the government meet their requests. A general strike may even be called. “The government generated an exaggerated sense of expectation among the public, which has fallen flat. It promised a lot and has delivered very little. The outlook has changed and the protests are a reflection of those changes.” [more 1, 2]

* A key member of Brazil’s World Cup organizing committee has told her Instagram followers that the World Cup budget has already been spent or stolen, and protests come too late. Joana Havelange, daughter of the famous former head of the Brazilian Football Confederation, Ricardo Teixeira, said: “If it was necessary to protest the people should have done so beforehand. Furthermore, to destroy what we already have will not change one iota what will be done tomorrow.” Her post has since been deleted. [more]

* Activists call for boycott of sponsors in protest of decision to award 2018 tournament to Russia. Anheuser-Busch InBev products, including Budweiser, are the initial target of the boycott that asks the beer maker not to sponsor the 2018 World Cup over Russian interference in Ukraine. [more] Protest leaders cite the company’s slogan “Bringing People Together for a Better World” as in itself strengthening the rationale for the boycott: “The corporate mantra of Anheuser-Busch InBev…goes completely against affiliating itself with Russia’s hosting of the World Cup and Vladimir Putin’s army of war mongers.” [more]

By INSIDER editor Mark Bisson

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