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Football: Brazil stadium problems should be warning for Russia, Qatar, says Fifa

Published on Mar 28, 2014 6:26 AM
Labourers work outside the Arena da Baixada soccer stadium in Curitiba on March 26, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

RIO DE JANEIRO (REUTERS) - The serial delays in building Brazil's 12 World Cup stadiums should serve as a lesson to Russia and Qatar, the countries hosting the 2018 and 2022 tournaments, Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke said on Thursday.

"We are late, we face difficulties and risks right up to the last minute because we haven't tested the installations, we need time to test them," Valcke told reporters in Rio after meeting with members of the Brazilian government and local organising committee.

"It's a lesson and definitely we will act differently and we will have to find a different way of working in Russia in 2018," Valcke said.

Brazil will host the World Cup in June and July but it faces a mad rush to get everything ready in time.

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