Football Notes: Work At Brazil World Cup Stadium Halted After Worker Death
Brazilian authorities "halted work" at the temporary stands of the stadium that will host the opening match of this year's World Cup following the death of a worker. The regional labor authority of Sao Paulo demanded that Fast Engenharia "stop building to make a technical analysis of the project." Fast Engenharia said that after the analysis "it will announce a new time frame for finishing the temporary stands" (REUTERS, 4/1). ... Serie A club Inter Milan "risks becoming embroiled in a share wrangle over disputed allegations" that one of the club's new owners misappropriated $170M from a listed company. Rosan Roeslani "was named as a key member of the Indonesian consortium that took a controlling interest in the three-time European Cup winners last October." Roeslani "is best known in the City of London as a director of the controversial" $3B Indonesian coalminer Bumi, where $200M was spent "with no clear business purpose." Last June, Roeslani "reached an agreement with the London Stock Exchange-listed firm" to begin repaying $173M, "without admitting any fault in the matter" (INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL, 4/1). ... More than 2.5 million tickets have been sold for the World Cup in Brazil. More than 301,000 tickets of the allocated 345,000 in the second phase were sold, going to Brazil, the U.S., Colombia, Australia, Argentina and England, in that order. In public general sales, more than 1.5 million tickets have been allocated to supporters, 65% to Brazilians and 35% to int'l fans (FIFA). ... Peruvian first division side Universitario on Monday had its Monumental stadium in Lima closed for 30 days after a teenager was shot and killed on Sunday before a match between Universitario and Sport Huancayo. Lima district of Ate Mayor Oscar Benavides said that Universitario "had 30 days to submit a report on security at the stadium" (LA AFICION, 3/31).