Rats in dressing room and more: FIFA U-17 World Cup director Javier Ceppi reveals ugly side

FIFA U-17 World Cup tournament director Javier Ceppi said it was tough to host the tournament in India as problems crop up in the 11th hour.

football Updated: Jan 23, 2018 23:17 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India, New Delhi
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FIFA U-17 World Cup tournament director Javier Ceppi.(Getty Images)

FIFA Under-17 World Cup tournament director Javier Ceppi slammed the organisation of the tournament in India, saying he saw footballers “changing next to rats” in the “dressing room”.

“We missed out on a bunch of things which the Indian system never cares. Nobody cares about the fan, nobody cares about players, there are events where players are changing next to rats,” Ceppi said at the 5th International Convention on Football Business.

“People keep on saying the World Cup was a success by all means, but to be honest on my experience as a fan, I don’t think it was a success for the fan, that’s the reality.

“The success for the fans was they got to see fantastic football which they don’t get to see. The leagues here they don’t have the level which these U-17 teams have.”

Ceppi said it was tough to host the tournament in India as problems crop up in the 11th hour.

“It was tough. In the sense it was way too many things here about it, main thing is infrastructure, to have our international tournament was at place, in India things can come up in the 27th hour,” Ceppi said.

“We had a legacy of the Commonwealth Games 2010 to adapt,” he added.

First Published: Jan 23, 2018 23:17 IST