Valcke: Safety top priority

Jerome Valcke (AFP)
Jerome Valcke (AFP)

Sao Paulo - FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke says that no compromises have been made on workers' safety as organisers try to overcome construction delays at Soccer World Cup stadiums in Brazil.

After the deaths of three workers in under a month, Valcke says safety "is always top priority for workers, players and fans equally."

A worker fell 115 feet (35 metres) to his death in the jungle city of Manaus last Saturday, and in late November two workers were killed when a crane collapsed in the stadium that will host the World Cup opener in Sao Paulo on June 12.

Valcke said on Friday in his monthly column on FIFA's web site that finishing touches at all 12 World Cup venues "are crucial, and they need to be added in a number of areas."

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