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FIFA guarantees that Sao Paulo World Cup stadium will be ready on time

Monday, May 20th 2013 - 00:16 UTC
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Valcke and Sanchez finally agreed that all in on rail and according to the timetable Valcke and Sanchez finally agreed that all in on rail and according to the timetable

FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke has guaranteed Sao Paulo's World Cup football stadium will be ready on time, one day after claiming the venue could be taken off the tournament schedule due to construction delays.

Valcke met with Itaquerao stadium officials on Wednesday and said he was confident the December 2013 deadline would be met, according to the Brazilian media.

“We are very satisfied with the meeting and with the fact that we could talk face-to-face,” Valcke said. “Sao Paulo will be an example for other cities to deliver the stadium in time, by Dec 31.”

”The discussion with Corinthians (football club) was very fruitful since we understand we both want the same goal, to have the stadium ready. It is also a special project because of the legacy it leaves for the east zone of Sao Paulo.“

Local officials last week said the Itaquerao stadium would not be ready until at least March next year due to complications involving the installation of temporary stands.

But Itaquerao spokesman Andres Sanchez denied work on the venue was behind schedule. ”This was an excellent meeting. There was some misunderstanding but (we) are aware of our responsibilities,“ Sanchez said.

”I have always been sure that we would host the opening game of the 2014 World Cup and now I am even more”.

“I have always been sure that we would host the opening game of the 2014 World Cup and now I am even more. The schedule agreed with FIFA will be respected” added Sanchez.

 

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  • ChrisR

    Yeah, yeah, and the moon is made of green cheese.

    May 20th, 2013 - 05:32 pm 0
  • British_Kirchnerist

    Looking forward to it, hope Scotland gets in =)

    May 20th, 2013 - 06:11 pm 0
  • briton

    But how many schools and hospitals and other buildings
    will pay the ultimate price and pulled down..
    .

    May 20th, 2013 - 06:20 pm 0
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