Wednesday 22 October 2014

Brazil city remains World Cup venue

Published 18/02/2014 | 19:37

Builders working at the Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, Brazil (AP)

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.

FIFA says on its official press Twitter account that that the city of Curitiba is going to host the four World Cup matches slated to be played in the Arena da Baixada stadium.

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.

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