Brazil World Cup city threatens to drop out due to funding issue

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Porto Alegre mayor Jose Fortunati warns that the Brazilian city could pull out of the World Cup this summer due to a funding issue.

The mayor of Porto Alegre in Brazil has revealed that the city may pull out of hosting a number of World Cup matches due to a funding issue.

Jose Fortunati has claimed that a bill allowing tax exemptions to firms that invest in temporary structures for the global event needs to be voted on.

A number of venues in the South American country are unfinished, including Porto Alegre's Beira Rio stadium, which needs structures for the media and sponsors.

"If the project is not voted on, we won't have the World Cup in Porto Alegre," Fortunati told Radio Gaucha. "There's no Plan B, nor C nor Z."

The stadium is due to host five matches during the tournament, with France, Argentina and the Netherlands all scheduled to play at the ground.

The tournament gets underway on June 12.

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