Futsal World Cup venue misses more deadlines

FIFA says its intended Futsal World Cup final venue in Thailand

has no pitch and no safety certificate ahead of the tournament

kicking off on Thursday.

FIFA says the Bangkok Futsal Arena will undergo a final

inspection next Monday.

Nine days later it is scheduled to host a quarterfinal in the

24-team competition. Group-stage games have been switched to

another venue.

Local tournament organizers blamed heavy rains and flooding for

missed construction deadlines at the $40 million, 12,000-capacity

arena.

FIFA says the latest plan includes submitting ”an emergency

evacuation plan, the provision of an insurance policy to cover all

risks, and the finalization of a CCTV security system.”

Options to install a pitch by Monday include importing one from

Italy or China, which requires special customs clearance.