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Fifa rejects Bangkok Futsal Arena

Bangkok Futsal Arena, a multi-million stadium, failed to win Fifa approval to be used in the upcoming Futsal World Cup for concerns of the safety.

Fifa said in its website that the safety of spectators, teams and all other visitors to the stadium are of paramount importance.

The decision came on Tuesday, a day after Fifa committee members inspected the arena on the outskirts of Bangkok on Monday after delaying the decision twice.

Fifa said the quarter-final matches scheduled to be played on 14 November will now be played at Bangkok's Nimibutr Stadium, whilst the semi-finals and final will be hosted at Bangkok's Indoor Stadium Huamark.

The matches were initially planned to play at the arena. Fifa last week gave provisional nod to the arena on the on the condition that the playing surface at the Bt1.3billion arena were finished by Monday. Fifa also ordered reducing number of seats from 12,000 to 10,000 and closed the fifth floor for safety reasons.

Fifa website said on November 3 and 5, a FIFA inspection group, including safety and security experts, carried out a thorough evaluation of the stadium site of the Bangkok Futsal Arena (BFA).

"Following the report submitted by this group, a decision was taken today by the FIFA Futsal Committee, that the BFA will not be ready to host six matches on 14, 16 and 18 November."

Although further significant progress has been made, including the installation of a pitch, the key criteria laid out following the committee's meeting on 31 October have not been sufficiently met.

The safety of spectators, teams and all other visitors to the stadium are of paramount importance, therefore, a fundamental issue, as well as the functionality of core services and facilities, cannot be compromised.

Tickets that have been bought for the six scheduled matches at the Bangkok Futsal Arena will be valid at the new match venues.


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