World Cup organisers call for apology over report

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17 January 2006, FRANKFURT, GERMANY - The vice-president of the 2006 World Cup organising committee (OC) called Tuesday on the Stiftung Warentest consumer foundation which said eight of the 12 stadiums to be used for the event had safety issues, to apologise.

17 January 2006

FRANKFURT, GERMANY - The vice-president of the 2006 World Cup organising committee (OC) called Tuesday on the Stiftung Warentest consumer foundation which said eight of the 12 stadiums to be used for the event had safety issues, to apologise.

"We consider the entire Stiftung Warentest report questionable as they haven't taken into consideration the complexities involved in security or looked at the entire situation and the background concepts," Horst R. Schmidt said.

The report said that Berlin's Olympic stadium (which is due to host the July 9 World Cup final) and the arenas in Gelsenkirchen and Leipzig had considerable construction deficits which could lead to devastating consequences in a case of mass panic amongst spectators.

Kaiserslautern's stadium was said to have considerable deficits in the fire protection area while the stadiums in Hamburg, Frankfurt, Stuttgart and Dortmund were reported as having "distinct" safety deficits.

Football's ruling body FIFA has, for the first time since the release of the study, supported the OC in its defence of World Cup facilities.

DPA

Subject: German news

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