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Phuket: FIFA rejects Bangkok Futsal Arena as unsafe

FUTSAL: The Bangkok Futsal Arena, a B1.2 billion stadium built specifically for the FIFA Futsal World Cup 2012, has been rejected by FIFA as a venue for the competition.

By Coconuts Bangkok

Wednesday 7 November 2012, 08:50AM

The arena, which lagged behind on construction reportedly because of flooding, was completed just yesterday, five days after the Futsal World Cup began.

“Although further significant progress has been made, including the installation of a pitch, the key criteria laid out following the committee’s meeting on 31 October have not been sufficiently met,” FIFA said in a statement on its website.

“The safety of spectators, teams and all other visitors to the stadium are of paramount importance. FIFA and the Local Organising Committee therefore concluded that such a fundamental issue, as well as the functionality of core services and facilities, cannot be compromised,” the statement continued.

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The news is serious egg on the face of Bangkok governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra, who hadpromised that the arena would be finished in time to host the tourney and even spent a night there to ensure that fact.

The quarter-final matches scheduled to be played on 14 November will now be played at Bangkok’s Nimibutr Stadium, whilst the semi-finals and final will be hosted at Bangkok’s Indoor Stadium Hua Mak.



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