Brazil city remains World Cup venue
Published 18/02/2014 | 19:37
A southern Brazilian city will host matches during this year's World Cup, despite serious delays in the renovation of a stadium, football's governing body says.
Last month, FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke gave local organisers an ultimatum: Drastically speed up construction or be dropped from the tournament.
While the city remains as a host for matches, the situation is an embarrassment for Brazil's government.
It has hoped to use the World Cup as a showcase event to show the world the economic, political and social advances made in the past decade.