Court orders Fifa to implement water breaks

June 20, 2014 at 10:30 pm
Posted under: 2014 FIFA World Cup, Gossip

A general view of the stadium during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between Italy and Costa Rica at Arena Pernambuco on June 20, 2014 in Recife, Brazil.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
A general view of the stadium during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between Italy and Costa Rica at Arena Pernambuco on June 20, 2014 in Recife, Brazil. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

A Brazilian court has ordered FIFA to introduce water breaks in World Cup matches when temperatures reach 32 degrees Celsius (89.6 Fahrenheit).

A labor court in the capital of Brasilia issued a temporary injunction saying the breaks are mandatory in the 30th minute of each half so players can get hydrated. FIFA had said it would only implement the breaks when its medical staff considered them necessary.

The court said in a statement Friday that the ruling was made after nearly two hours of failed negotiations involving FIFA and local prosecutors.

Brazil’s players’ union recently took legal action against FIFA to try to change the start times of more than a third of World Cup matches because of heat and humidity.

FIFA did not immediately answer a request for comment.

Sapa


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