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Brazil’s troubles and Qatar human rights record on FIFA's ExCo agenda next week

Saturday, November 30th 2013 - 07:09 UTC
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Ongoing delays at several of Brazil's six stadiums still to be completed and safety concerns will be addressed by Blatter Ongoing delays at several of Brazil's six stadiums still to be completed and safety concerns will be addressed by Blatter

The troubled state of Brazil’s 2014 World Cup preparations and Qatar 2022 concerns are expected to be the main talking points at next week’s FIFA Executive Committee meeting in Salvador de Bahia.

 Ongoing delays at several of the six stadiums still to be completed, coupled with safety concerns sparked by the tragic deaths of two workers at Sao Paulo’s under-construction stadium on Wednesday following a crane collapse, are major worries for FIFA.

FIFA released the agenda for the Dec. 4/5 ExCo meeting. It will come a day after crunch meetings of the LOC and FIFA’s own organizing committee for the World Cup take place.

President Sepp Blatter and secretary general Jerome Valcke head out to Brazil this weekend for a week of FIFA meetings and the Dec. 6 World Cup draw.

The issue of human rights abuses of World Cup construction workers and footballers playing in Qatar, highlighted by the case of Zahir Belounis who was stranded for two years following a contractual dispute, is expected to be discussed.

FIFA’s ruling body will hear from Blatter about his trip to Qatar earlier this month and the assurances received from the emir of the Gulf nation under item 12 on the FIFA agenda focused on sports political matters.

Blatter has also said the ExCo will discuss progress of the FIFA consultation launched last month to seek alternative dates for the Qatar 2022 World Cup to avoid the desert nation’s sizzling summer heat.

Although AFC president Sheikh Salman is leading the task force consulting with World Cup stakeholders, which is not due to be completed until the last quarter of 2014, Blatter has hinted in recent weeks that he favors a November or December window for the 2022 tournament.

Also up for discussion at next week’s ExCo is the landmark agreement for the organization of football in Cyprus following the signing of a provisional arrangement by the Cyprus Football Association (CFA) and Cyprus Turkish Football Association (CTFA).

Efforts by the Palestine FA in tandem with a FIFA task force to resolve restrictions on the movement of players, officials and football equipment between the state and Israel is another key agenda item.

This week the AFC Executive Committee backed the PFA’s mission after hearing concerns voiced by its president, General Jibril Al Rajoub, at a meeting in Kuala Lumpur that footballers were still suffering due to restrictions. He cited examples of the denial of entry permits to officials, including FIFA and AFC representatives.

Next week’s ExCo will also decide the hosts of the FIFA tournaments and congresses for 2016 and 2017.

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  • Be serious

    The biggest scandal is Switzerland being ceded.

    Nov 30th, 2013 - 07:47 am 0
  • GeoffWard2

    'Salvador de Bahia' ... haven't heard of the local state-capital being given its historic name for many years! Since Darwin's day, even.

    Still this helps US citizens to realise that it is not El Salvador we are talking about (they have heard of this place from their US days of 'dark dealings', but might not know that 'El' is a different country - probably a different Continent!).

    In spite of this, the US broadsheets keep running articles designed to dissuade people from going to the World Cup.
    Woooo! Too dangerous by far!

    The UK Consul is distinctly exasperated by US 'reporters coming to Brasil for the day and writing Armageddon-stories.
    The Consul lives in the city 24/7/365 and has an infinitely better and more balanced understanding than the part-time stringers for the Washington and NY Times.

    Come, you US Americans! *Be less afraid of the world*.
    We are not all out to get you on the streets and beaches - though in the games we expect to make you suffer ;-)

    Nov 30th, 2013 - 12:26 pm 0
  • A_V0ice

    Stop diverting.....this is not about Americans. All you South Americans and some Euro' s need to get over your American penis envy and stop hating what you cannot be.

    Nov 30th, 2013 - 02:21 pm 0
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