The mayor of Porto Alegre in Brazil has admitted his city may be forced to pull out of hosting matches at this year’s World Cup.
In an interview with a local radio station Jose Fortunati revealed his city’s Estadio Beira-Rio is not yet ready to host matches for this summer’s tournament.
The inside of the stadium is almost complete, but there are serious problems with the surroundings – temporary structures for media, sponsors and other groups.
Porto Alegre is not allowed to use public money to finish these FIFA requirements and Fortunati has now demanded a bill that will exempt companies investing in temporary structures needed at the stadium from paying tax.
“This is the point which matters in terms of holding the World Cup in Porto Alegre,” he said.
“If the bill is not voted, we will not have a World Cup in Porto Alegre.
“This is because we will not have the resourses to do it. We have no plan B. The only alternative is this.”
Porto Alegre is located in the south of Brazil and scheduled to host four group matches and a last-16 clash.
Porto Alegre and all other Brazilian World Cup host cities still have 79 days to get for the world's biggest sport event.
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