FIFA cancels 2006 FIFA World Cup™ Gala Berlin

We heard from Peter who has been in Paris today for meetings about the World Cup that the show’s off.

FIFA have since posted the following news…

“Having conducted another in-depth study into the requirements for successfully laying a new pitch after the 2006 FIFA World Cup™ Gala, which was scheduled to take place at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium on 7 June 2006, FIFA has decided to cancel the event. At the end of 2005, the dates for the Gala and the first group match at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium were altered from 8 and 12 June to 7 and 13 June respectively, but it has since become clear that there would be considerable risks involved, not only in dismantling the stages and the event’s technical installations in time, but also in laying a new pitch, which has to be in perfect playing condition by 12 June.”