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BRAZIL 2014 - More Sports News In Brief

Published:Thursday | June 5, 2014 | 12:00 AM
  • Big matches sell out fast


The remaining tickets for the most important World Cup matches were sold out fast yesterday, disappointing hundreds of fans who waited in line across Brazil.

Tickets for the opener, the final and the two semi-finals were sold out shortly after becoming available on FIFA's website at midnight Wednesday Brazilian time (0300 GMT). All matches in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro also sold out quickly online.

  • Belgium win wiped from records


FIFA says it wiped Belgium's 5-1 win against Luxembourg from the record books because coach Marc Wilmots used too many substitutes in the World Cup warm-up match. FIFA rules allow a maximum of six substitutes in friendlies and Wilmots used seven.

Forward Romelu Lukaku's hat-trick and Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj's international debut in the May 26 match in Genk no longer count. Backup goalkeeper Sammy Bossut's debut also is erased. The result will not count toward the FIFA rankings being updated on Friday. Belgium are currently No. 12.

  • Forbidden items


Fans flocking to Brazil for the World Cup will not be allowed to carry fireworks, food, beverages, huge banners and a host of other items into the tournament's 12 venues. FIFA has issued a long list of objects in its 'Stadium Code of Conduct' that cannot enter the stadiums.

Brazilian fans frequently unfurl gigantic flags of up to 8,000 square metres (86,000 square feet) to cheer on their teams. But during the World Cup, only flags and banners no bigger than three square metres (32 square feet) will be permitted.

Only food and beverages purchased inside the stadiums will be allowed and instruments which produce an excessive volume of noise, such as megaphones, hooters or vuvuzela horns are forbidden.