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SBD Global/February 20, 2014/International Football

FIFA To Change Fan Park Proposals As Protests Threaten Brazil World Cup

FIFA "is rejigging plans" for this year’s $5B World Cup in Brazil in case there is a repeat of the civil unrest that surrounded last year’s Confederations Cup, according to Tariq Panja of BLOOMBERG. FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke said that measures include switching the location of “Fan Fests,” outdoor screening areas where ticketless supporters can get together and watch games for free. Among the biggest potential flash points are the Fan Fests, "zones usually festooned with the logos of corporate sponsors" who last year paid FIFA $350M to be associated with the competition. Valcke said that "some are likely be moved for security reasons." Valcke: “Following what has happened last June with all the demonstrations, and for security issues, we are always open to move from the first location to another location which is safer for security." Valcke said that it is already been decided "to move the Fan Fest in the capital, Brasilia, where some of the most violent clashes occurred during the Confederations Cup." Valcke: "The Fan Fest will not be located where we were thinking but in a new place" (BLOOMBERG, 2/19).
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