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Official Says Curitiba's Delayed Arena Will Be Completed Six Weeks Before World Cup
Published February 14, 2014
DOUBTS: REUTERS' Andrew Downie reported FIFA is "making contingency plans to move World Cup matches away from Curitiba because it believes the stadium may not be ready in time for the kick-off in June." The report "did not say how it obtained the information and was dismissed by World Cup officials in the city." Cordeiro "denied the story." FIFA VP Jim Boyce, who is "also a member" of the World Cup organizing committee, said that he was "unaware of any developments aimed at taking games away from Curitiba." Cordeiro said, "No, no, no, this comes from a declaration made by (head of the Local Organising Committee) Ricardo Trade when he was asked by a newspaper in Brasilia if the alternative to Curitiba’s Arena da Baixada would be Gremio’s ground (in Porto Alegre)." Porto Alegre and Curitiba are 460 miles (740 kms) apart. Cordeiro: "It’s rubbish. Curitiba has not been counted out." Cordeiro said that FIFA Stadiums Manager Charles Botta "returns to the city next week to finally rule on whether Curitiba will be included in the competition." FIFA "wants a decision" by Tuesday. Four matches are "scheduled to take place at the 41,500-capacity ground." The stadium is "not being used after the opening group stage" (REUTERS, 2/13).