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Protests disrupt Fifa visit to Brazil World Cup venue

Protests disrupt Fifa visit to Brazil World Cup venue

Protesters in Brazil have disrupted an official visit to a football stadium being built for next year World Cup.

A group of some 50 people stormed the Arena Pantanal, in the western city of Cuiaba, as it was being inspected by the Secretary General of Fifa, Jerome Valcke.

But the Brazilian government said that hosting four World Cup matches at the stadium will draw the world attention to the natural beauty of the Pantanal Conservation Area, a home to vast tropical wetlands.

Mr Valcke said the protesters had to take the long term benefits into account.

“People have freedom and that is part of democracy. But the workers who are here trying to finish the stadium should not be targeted,” said Mr Valcke.

He said he had a meeting with Governor Silval Barbosa to find out if the works were going to meet the deadline set by the Fifa, the world football governing body.

Officials say the Arena Pantanal is 85% ready, though none of the seats in the stadium have been installed.

Fifa has demanded that all venues are ready by 20 December.

The 2014 World Cup will kick off in Sao Paulo on 12 June. The final match will be played in Rio de Janeiro Maracana stadium on 13 July.

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England climb Fifa rankings despite poor World Cup form

England climb Fifa rankings despite poor World Cup form

World Cup winners Spain have replaced Brazil as the top ranked side.On Tuesday, meanwhile, England’s performance in South Africa was officially confirmed as their worst at a World Cup finals by Fifa, which rated them 13th out of the 32 competing teams.But that was considerably better than Italy and France, who were 26th and 29th after failing to progress from the first round group stage.Their decline has also been reflected in the latest world rankings with 2006 champions Italy falling six places to 11th and France, the 1998 World Cup winners, slipping 12 places to 21st.South American side Uruguay, meanwhile, have risen to sixth, their highest position since the rankings were introduced, after finishing fourth in South Africa, where they were spurred on by striker Diego Forlan who won the Golden Ball for player of the tournament.The biggest movers in the rankings are New Zealand, who have climbed 24 places to 54th after going unbeaten in their three group games at the World Cup, a performance which was not, however, good enough to see them through to the last 16.Elsewhere,Scotland have risen two places to 41st, while Northern Ireland have fallen three places to 59th and Wales are down seven places to 84th. The Republic of Ireland have moved up five places to 36th.All four sides failed to qualify for the World Cup and their next major assignment is to try to qualify for Euro 2012, which will be staged in Poland and the Ukraine.Wales are in the same group as England, with John Toshack’s side hosting Capello’s team in Cardiff on 26 March, and the return game taking place at Wembley on 6 September.England and Wales will also take on Switzerland, ranked 18th in the world, Bulgaria rated 43rd and 72nd ranked Montenegro.Search term:BBC navigation News Sport Weather Capital TV Radio MoreCBBC CBeebies Comedy Food History Learning Music Science Nature Local Northern Ireland Scotland Wales Full A Z of BBC sitesBBC links Mobile site Terms of Use About the BBC Advertise With Us Privacy Accessibility Help Ad Choices Cookies Contact the BBC Parental GuidanceBBC 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.This page is best viewed in an up to date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

How do sports federations like the FIFA or the IOC benefit financially from giving away the games to specific hosts

How do sports federations like the FIFA or the IOC benefit financially from giving away the games to specific hosts

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