Sao Paulo could be stripped of hosting World Cup games

Sao Paulo could lose the right to host matches during the World Cup next summer if it fails to meet a deadline for the construction of a new stadium.

FIFA General Secretary Jerome Valcke, the man ultimately responsible for the World Cup, indicated that the Itaquera stadium being built by Corinthians had to meet a key deadline in December or face the possibility of losing matches.

“We have said clearly that delays are not possible for the World Cup,” Valcke told reporters in Brasilia.

“We are going to discuss the situation in Sao Paulo very firmly. We can change everything until the tickets start to be sold, which gives us until August 1 to change the stadiums.”

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