SPORTS in brief
Analysts fear attacks in Africa
Analysts say that bars, restaurants and other venues in Africa that screen World Cup matches will be at risk of terrorist attack during the tournament that kicks off on Thursday in Brazil. Consultants at IHS in London warn that nine African countries, including Nigeria, Somalia and Kenya, had cities with a heightened risk of attacks during the month-long tournament in Brazil. Cities in Iraq are also at risk.
The report says, "There will almost certainly be attacks on screening venues in Nigeria's north-eastern and Middle Belt states".
During the 2010 World Cup final in South Africa, two suicide attacks in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, killed 70 people. Last month, an attack on a venue in the Nigerian city of Jos that was screening the Champions League final left three people dead, according to police.
FIFA paid $27m towards film
SAO PAULO (AP):
FIFA paid €20 million (US$27.1 million) to help fund a movie about the World Cup, featuring Tim Roth as its president, Sepp Blatter. FIFA Finance Director Markus Kattner says funding for United Passions was agreed at the 2009 congress in the Bahamas. Some FIFA executive committee members privately said they had no idea football income was paying for a feature film.
Kattner says it was included in FIFA's financial report presented in 2010, in a World Cup budget. The exact purpose was unspecified. Kattner says the film's total budget was 23.5 million euros ($32 million). FIFA's contribution equals one year's budget for its 'goal' development programme.