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FIFA keeps teams from training at Soccer City

FIFA is not allowing Brazil and Ivory Coast to train at the Soccer City Stadium in order to preserve the pitch for their Group G match on Sunday.

sports Updated: Jun 19, 2010 16:30 IST

FIFA is not allowing Brazil and Ivory Coast to train at the Soccer City Stadium in order to preserve the pitch for their Group G match on Sunday.

The Brazilian football federation said Saturday the teams will not train at the stadium to avoid damaging the field.

Brazil on Friday had to switch practice facilities because of the pitch conditions at its training camp in Johannesburg.

The five-time champions moved their Saturday training to a school in Johannesburg.

Germany and Serbia also could not practice at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium ahead of the teams' match in Port Elizabeth on Friday, also to preserve the pitch.