FIFA inspects possible Confed Cup venues in Brazil



SAO PAULO (AP) — FIFA inspectors are in Brazil to check on preparations at two potential Confederations Cup venues.

The inspectors traveled to Salvador on Thursday and will be in Recife on Friday to evaluate infrastructure work and stadium construction at the venues in northeastern Brazil.

The inspectors will prepare a report to be presented to FIFA leadership and the local World Cup organizing committee. A decision on whether the cities will be included in next year’s warmup tournament is expected by June.

Salvador and Recife are trying to join four others cities already set to host the Confederations Cup: Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia, Belo Horizonte and Fortaleza.

Local organizers recently said slow preparations in Recife prompted concerns from FIFA and the city was in danger of being dropped from the tournament.