04/24 11:25 CDT Valcke: Brazilian cities must organize fanfests
Valcke: Brazilian cities must organize fanfests
AP Sports Writer
SAO PAULO (AP) --- FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke is sending a blunt
warning to Brazilian World Cup organizers, saying all 12 host cities have "no
choice" and "must" organize their own fanfest.
The warning comes as officials in the northeastern city of Recife reiterate
they still don't know whether they will stage a fanfest, which allows fans
without tickets to watch matches for free on large screens in public areas.
Valcke said on Thursday the fanfests are not optional, they are a requirement
Football's governing body claims that all cities signed contracts agreeing to
the fanfests, and has threatened to sue the ones which don't stage them.
Valcke said he hopes the cities that have yet to finalize their fanfest plans
"are listening to what I'm saying now."