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Local court orders FIFA to implement water breaks in World Cup matches with high temperatures

By: Tales Azzoni, The Associated Press

Posted: 06/20/2014 2:54 PM | Comments: 0

Last Modified: 06/20/2014 3:43 PM

 

TERESOPOLIS, Brazil - A Brazilian court on Friday ordered FIFA to introduce mandatory water breaks in World Cup matches when temperatures reach 32 degrees Celsius (89.6 Fahrenheit).

A labour court in the capital of Brasilia issued a temporary injunction saying the breaks are required near the 30th minute of each half so players can get hydrated. FIFA had said it would only implement the breaks when its medical staff considered them necessary.

The court said in a statement that the ruling was made after nearly two hours of failed negotiations involving FIFA and local prosecutors in an audience on Friday.

Brazil's players' union recently took legal action against FIFA to try to change the start times of more than a third of World Cup matches because of heat and humidity.

Prosecutors wanted the breaks to be implemented when the temperature reached 30 degrees Celsius (86 Fahrenheit), but the judge said that he would accept FIFA's limit of 32 degrees Celsius (89.6 Fahrenheit) because it wasn't evident that the small difference would "endanger the players' health."

The judge said the injunction was needed because there was nothing assuring that FIFA would enforce its own guidelines.

"I think that obliging FIFA to enforce its own norm is not a measure that jeopardizes the competition," judge Rogerio Neiva Pinheiro said in his ruling.

FIFA said it would "fully respect" the court decision.

"The labour court in Brasilia fully confirmed FIFA's own set of pre-established guidelines for the implementation of cooling breaks during the FIFA World Cup which had already been applied consistently since the opening match," FIFA said in a statement sent to The Associated Press. "FIFA will continuously apply its related guidelines throughout" the tournament.

The judge said FIFA must pay 200,000 reals (about $90,000) for each match in which the ruling isn't enforced.

It also said the governing body is responsible for registering the temperature during matches by using certified equipment.

Brazil's players' union had demanded FIFA changed kickoff times of all 24 matches that were scheduled for 1 p.m. local time (1600 GMT), saying it wanted to avoid subjecting athletes to the "risks" of playing in "intense heat."

FIFA had said at the time that it would not change the start times, or make the cooling breaks mandatory, because it spent nearly two years analyzing the tournament's schedule and always took into consideration the players' health.

FIFA last year altered the starting times of seven World Cup matches in the most hot and humid host cities.

Winter is starting in Brazil, but it remains hot and humid in many of the 12 host cities, especially in the northeastern and northern regions.

There was special concern with the jungle city of Manaus, where humidity is expected to significantly affect players' performances. It happened in the England vs. Italy match last week, when players and fans complained of the conditions.

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/sports/soccer/local-court-orders-fifa-to-implement-water-breaks-in-world-cup-matches-with-high-temperatures-264022471.html

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Unsurprisingly, Australia are out.

 

I'm not disappointed though, this in reality was a brand new squad with a brand new coach completely different from the team that struggled through qualifying.

 

They are a young team, only playing 4 friendly games before the tournament started in Brazil.

 

Look out everyone in Russia in 2018 ⚽️

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woohoo...

max, why is the goal keeper called Memo?

 

His name is guillermo ochoa.

 

I put ur cool pic on my profile page....but it says memo saves....not ochoa...

 

what am I not knowing? :blink:

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Australia 0 - Spain 3

Holland 2 -Chile 0

Croatia 1 - Mexico 3

Camerun 1 - Brazil 4

 

So we have 2 HTH matches 

 

28.6.2014 - 1pm local  BRAZIL CHILE

 

29.6.2014 - 1pm local  NETHERLANDS MEXICO

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Italia - Uruguay tonight !!!!!! One of the Hottest matches yet !!!!

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Let's see if Suarez breaks the italian lock or if Italia will tame the man-eater !!!

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I don't think anyone can tame Suarez.

 

 

 

 

 

If only he played for Arsenal 

 

 

 

 

:P

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Company confuses Barack Obama with Chris Smalling on England team mug set.
 

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Wholesale Clearance UK

 

 

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By Sean Leahy June 23, 2014 10:37 AM Dirty Tackle

 

It's been a forgettable World Cup for England on the pitch. Off the pitch, one company is having a forgettable few days as well, as they had hoped to cash in on a successful tournament for The Three Lions, as the Sunday Express notes.

 

Among the English World Cup merchandise an unnamed British company had created featuring the likenesses of the English soccer team were a set of mugs that included one glaring error. You could purchase a Steven Gerrard or Joe Hart or Wayne Rooney, among others, but if you’re a big Chris Smalling fan, you might notice something a tad off about his appearance.

 

U.S. President Barack Obama does not play center back for Manchester United or the English national team.

Realizing its mistake, the company turned to online re-seller Wholesale Clearance UK to dump the error-filled inventory.

 

The item description explains what happened:

The Dorset company in question (whose blushes we shall protect for now....maybe!) was given the seemingly easy job of sourcing royalty free pictures of each England squad player to use on the England mugs – along with other accompanying items such as England coasters, England mouse mats etc.  They passed this onto to their young, bright eyed and bushy tailed new apprentice.  The designs were proofed and signed off by the Boss, who had clearly had a heavy night with the lads playing poker and before he’d had his first vat of coffee the following morning.

Due to our ongoing commitment to help local companies get their products noticed, last Wednesday 2,000 of each of the England items came into the warehouse.  We eagerly unpacked them and on close inspection it turned out that the Chris Smalling cup had Barack Obama’s head on instead of Chris’s.

The apprentice claims that he used that well known search engine, Google, to source the pictures. The thing is he’s more of a rugby fan and not very clued up on football.  Suffice to say that when he Google image searched ‘Chris Smalling’ he copied the first picture he liked the look of and the result was that the President of the United States has ended up on an England cup instead of the English defender.

 

So, if you would like to purchase 2,000 Obama England national team mugs, it will run you £2,000. They're bound to be collector's items by now.

 

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/soccer-dirty-tackle/company-confuses-barack-obama-with-chris-smalling-on-england-team-mug-set--photo-143719664.html

Edited by Alma1

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Italy has to leave the World Cup after a defeat against Uruguay. Before England didn't survive the group either. 

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I think both Suarez and Chelini should have seen the red...in that situation.

Edited by pain_18_

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But hey, I'm rooting for Uruguay against Colombia !!! I like the play-style Forlan had, too bad he's too old now...and tired.

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