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Fifpro believes Fifa prioritises TV companies over players

Fifpro believes Fifa prioritises TV companies over players

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England will meet Italy in their opening World Cup match,

is likely to cause the biggest problems in terms of humidity, where temperatures can reach well in excess of 30C.

Four games will be played in the city specially constructed Arena da Amazonia stadium during the tournament.

The southern cities of Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Curitiba and Belo Horizonte are predicted to have more comfortable temperatures (mid 20s) for much of the tournament.

The statement added: “Fifpro the voice of all players worldwide urges Fifa once again to consider the health and safety of the players during the 2014 World Cup as the number one priority.

“Fifa has stated to stick to the original time schedule, thus giving the players the impression that the world governing football body considers the demands of TV companies of greater importance than the health and safety of the players.”

Fifa says additional cooling breaks will be granted after the 30th minute of the first and second halves of the game if temperatures exceed the Web Bulb Globe Temperature (WBGT) an index used for the assessment of heat stress of 32C.

But Fifpro added: “We welcome the fact that Fifa admits that measures need to be put in place to guarantee the players health.

“But the World Footballers Association is of the opinion that the aforementioned additional cooling breaks are insufficient.

“Fifpro advises FIFA to allow additional cooling breaks at a lower WBGT, namely from 27C.

“Guidelines from the highly respected American College of Sports and Medicine, indicate that all continuous activity and competition activities must be cancelled at the WBGT level that exceeds 27C.”

“Players will be subjected to unreasonable health risks if no additional measures are taken by Fifa while their performances might be significantly impaired. Read more.

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Fifa issues ban deadline to Nigeria

Fifa issues ban deadline to Nigeria

Nigeria’s House of Representatives has passed a resolution asking Jonathan to reverse his order in fear of sanctions.”President Goodluck Jonathan has directed that Nigeria withdraws from international competition for two years to enable the country to put its house in order,” said special presidential adviser Ima Niboro.However, Fifa rules clearly state that national associations can be expelled if governments are seen to be interfering with the way they operate.”Fifa has sent a letter to the Nigeria Football Federation indicating that the government of Nigeria has until Monday at 6pm to cancel its direction to withdraw Nigeria’s participation from all Fifa and Caf competitions for the next two years,” said Fifa’s communications director Nicolas Maingot on Friday.”Also the management committee set up by the Nigeria government will not be recognised by Fifa.If Nigeria are suspended, the country cannot participate in competitive matches or club games in African competitions, as well as a host of financial ramifications.”A suspension goes beyond the suspension of the national teams,” added Maingot. “It also freezes financial help and no referees can participate in international competition.”Fifa executive committee member and former Nigeria government minister Dr Amos Adamu will be in the country on Monday “for last mediation attempt”.The governing body’s president Sepp Blatter had already warned French president Nicolas Sarkozy of possible sanctions after Sarkozy pledged to personally lead an investigation into France’s acrimonious World Cup campaign.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.

Nigeria awaits Fifa ban deadline

Nigeria awaits Fifa ban deadline

The Nigerian Football Federation’s top two officials were sacked on Sunday in a bid to appease the president.A Fifa spokesman said: “We have to wait until the deadline. If there is no indication or if the suspension is confirmed, we’ll confirm certainly by a media release.”The NFF said the two sackings, as well as the dismissal of a member of the federation’s technical committee, were carried out “to tender a resolved apology” to allThe country’s House of Representatives has passed a resolution asking the Nigerian president to reverse his order, fearing sanctions.Jonathan’s government announced on Wednesday that the NFF would be dissolved and an interim board put in place.”President Goodluck Jonathan has directed that Nigeria withdraws from international competition for two years to enable the country to put its house in order,” said special presidential adviser Ima Niboro.However, Fifa rules clearly state that national associations can be expelled if governments are seen to be interfering with the way they operate.”Fifa has sent a letter to the Nigeria Football Federation indicating that the government of Nigeria has until Monday at 6pm [local time] to cancel its direction to withdraw Nigeria’s participation from all Fifa and Caf competitions for the next two years,” said Fifa communications director Nicolas Maingot on Friday.”Also the management committee set up by the Nigeria government will not be recognised by Fifa.”If Nigeria are suspended, the country cannot participate in competitive matches or club games in African competitions.”A suspension goes beyond the suspension of the national teams,” added Maingot. “It also freezes financial help and no referees can participate in international competition.”Fifa executive committee member and former Nigeria government minister Dr Amos Adamu will be in the country on Monday “for a last mediation attempt”.The governing body’s president Sepp Blatter had already warned French president Nicolas Sarkozy of possible sanctions after he pledged to personally lead an investigation into France’s acrimonious World Cup campaign.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.