SAO PAULO (AP) — FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke insisted Friday that no compromises have been made on workers' safety as organizers try to overcome construction delays at World Cup stadiums in Brazil.
After the deaths of three workers in less than a month, Valcke said that safety remains paramount for World Cup organizers.
"With all deadlines in mind, there will and have not been any compromises in terms of safety and security — a matter which is always top priority for workers, players and fans equally," Valcke said in his monthly column published on FIFA's website.
A worker fell 115 feet to his death while working on a roofing structure 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.
None of the six stadiums that had to be delivered by the end of the year, as requested by FIFA, will be ready on time. Even more delays are expected because of the recent accidents in construction sites. Six other stadiums were ready for the Confederations Cup this year.
There is still no timetable for the Arena Amazonia in Manaus, and the venue in Sao Paulo is not expected to be ready for test events until April, two months before it has to host the opener between Brazil and Croatia.