Protesters disrupt FIFA World Cup visit

 
A small group of protesters demanding more spending on health and education disrupted a visit by FIFA officials to the 2014 World Cup stadium under construction in Cuiaba on Tuesday.

Dozens of demonstrators, many of them striking teachers and postal workers, carried banners saying ‘FIFA Go Home’.

Valcke, who is in Brazil to check on progress in Porto Alegre and Cuiaba, two of the 12 host cities for the tournament finals, was booed, as were the local mayor and state governor.

Two of Brazil’s former World Cup winners, Ronaldo and Bebeto, both of whom are on the 2014 local organising committee, were also booed.

The protests come less than four months after millions of people took to the streets in many Brazilian cities to demand more spending on infrastructure and better quality public services during the Confederations Cup.

In several cases, demonstrators tried to reach the stadiums hosting matches but were beaten back by riot police.

The protests are a serious worry for FIFA, who are hoping for a stress free tournament next year. Republication or redistribution of Reuters content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Reuters. Reuters shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

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FIFA’s Temarii welcomes investigation says OFC

SINGAPORE (Reuters) FIFA vice president Reynald Temarii welcomes a “full and thorough investigation” into newspaper claims he offered to sell his vote in the contest to host the 2018 World Cup, his confederation said on Monday.

The Sunday Times said Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) president Temarii and Nigeria’s Amos Adamu both members of world football governing body FIFA’s executive committee had offered to sell their votes when approached by reporters posing as lobbyists for an American consortium.

The newspaper report said Adamu was filmed asking for 500,000 pounds for a personal project and that Tahitian Temarii asked an undercover reporter in Auckland for NZ$3 million (1.4 million pounds) to fund a sports academy at the OFC’s headquarters.

“Further to information made public by The Sunday Times, the OFC President and FIFA Vice President Reynald Temarii will cooperate fully with the FIFA Ethics Committee and the FIFA Secretary General,” a statement from the OFC said.

“Reynald Temarii welcomes a full and thorough investigation so that all the facts can be heard.”

The OFC said it would not comment further until the findings of the FIFA Ethics Committee have been released.

FIFA will decide on December 2 in Zurich which countries will host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

“FIFA will not allow anyone or anything to damage the reputation of the voting procedure and it could be that 22 men might make the decision, not 24,” the source said.

England and Russia are bidding for the 2018 finals along with joint bids from Spain/Portugal and Belgium/Netherlands. The candidates for 2022 are the United States, Japan, South Korea, Qatar and Australia.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter appealed to his executive committee members to stay silent as he launched an investigation.

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