FIFA shifts World Cup kickoff timings

IANS| Last Updated: Dec 08, 2013, 15:55 PM IST

Rio de Janeiro: World football`s governing body FIFA has changed the kickoff timings for seven 2014 World Cup matches, including three in the Amazonian city of Manaus.

The announcement follows pressure from the international players` union FIFPro amid fears that players could suffer dehydration in the country`s north and northeast, reports Xinhua.

Among the changes is England`s clash with Italy at Manaus`s Arena da Amazonia June 14, which has been shifted from 9 p.m. to 6 p.m, appeasing the wishes of European television broadcasters.

Cote d`Ivoire`s clash with Japan in Recife on the same day has been pushed back from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The Cameroon-Croatia duel in Manaus June 18, has been moved to 6 p.m. from 3 p.m. while Spain and Chile will now meet at 4 p.m. in Rio de Janeiro instead of 7 p.m.