Brazil: Fifa ordered to allow water breaks

A Brasília labour court has issued an injunction making it mandatory for players to hydrate due to heat.

FILE: A Brasília labour court has issued an injunction making it mandatory for players to hydrate due to heat. Picture: Fifa.com.

SAO PAULO - A Brazilian court has ordered that Fifa introduce water breaks in World Cup matches when temperatures get too high.

Instead, the governing body has hit back, saying a break will only be implemented when its medical staff deem them necessary.

A labour court in Brasília has issued a temporary injunction, saying the breaks are mandatory in the thirtieth minute of each half so players can get hydrated.

But Fifa has made it clear breaks will only be taken when its medical staff consider it necessary.

According to the court, the ruling was made after nearly two hours of failed negotiations involving Fifa and local prosecutors.

The issue has now taken a new turn with Brazil's players union having taken legal action against Fifa to try and change the start times of matches because of heat.

Fifa is yet to respond.

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