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FIFA criticizes WCup city for scrapping Fan Fest
FIFA's Valcke criticizes Brazilian city for scrapping Fan Fest area during World Cup
By TALES AZZONI
Associated Press
2014-02-17 06:42 AM

SAO PAULO (AP) -- FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke has criticized the decision of a Brazilian host city to cancel its Fan Fest, saying the event which allows thousands of fans to watch games for free on large screens is an important part of the World Cup.

Valcke made his comment on Sunday after the northeastern city of Recife said it will not spend public money on a Fan Fest, which allows fans who were unable to purchase tickets to watch matches in public areas.

Valcke says it is "a mistake" not to organize Fan Fests.

The secretary general began an inspection tour of a number of host cities on Sunday, stopping first in the jungle city of Manaus -- which has confirmed a Fan Fest for about 35,000 people on match days.

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