FIFA Secretary General Says Protests, Tear Gas Could Suspend World Cup Games
FIFA is "prepared to suspend World Cup games next year in the event that tear gas from protests near football stadiums enters the stadiums and affects players," according to LA AFICION. During the recent Confederations Cup, which served as a trial for the World Cup, "anti-government protests were abundant in the vicinity of of some stadiums." FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke said, "The security decisions are not mine, this is a government issue. I am asking for them to guarantee the security we need to organize the World Cup. We do not have the right to tell the government what to do with security. It's their problem and their responsibility." When asked if World Cup games could be suspended if gases cause problems for the teams, Valcke said, "When the 22 footballers on the field cannot play, it is time to stop the game" (LA AFICION, 7/1).