Fifa issues ultimatum to host city over Brazil World Cup stadium delays

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The Fifa secretary general, Jérôme Valcke, has given a four-week ultimatum to one of Brazil’s World Cup host cities to accelerate stadium construction or risk being excluded from the tournament.

With less than five months until kick-off, the Arena da Baixada in Curitiba is so far behind schedule that organisers admit it will not be ready for its first match on 16 June at the current speed of work.

It is one of six stadiums that missed Fifa’s deadline for completion, and the delay is likely to figure prominently in talks that the Brazilian president, Dilma Rousseff, will hold on Thursday in Zurich with Sepp Blatter.