World Cup organisers make Germany pledge

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Organisers of this summer's World Cup in South Africa have confirmed that they are in talks with the German Football Association (DFB) in a bid to allay fears over the team's base camp.

Reports surfaced today indicating that the European country may move from the Velmore Hotel in south-west Pretoria/ Tshwane because of safety concerns.

There were also growing worries over its location and whether plans for the facility were ever approved by the local municipality.

But a joint statement from the Local Organising Committee (LOC) and FIFA said: "FIFA and the 2010 Organising Committee are aware of discussions between the City of Tshwane and the Velmore Hotel - which will serve as the Team Base Camp of Germany during the 2010 FIFA World Cup - with regards to the issuing of an occupational certificate for the construction of the hotel."

"The matter is an ongoing one and South Africa's national government has convened meetings with the City, hotel management and the Organising Committee to resolve the issue in order for the German national team to occupy the hotel as scheduled."

Organisers also confirmed that the DFB had not indicated any plans to move its camp.

The statement added: "FIFA, the FIFA Accommodation Office and the Organising Committee are in contact with the German Football Association on the situation and are confident that every measure possible is being taken to ensure that all security and safety considerations are met at the Velmore Hotel to comply with national building regulations.

"To date we have no indication that the team will move from the Velmore Hotel."

"There have been numerous site visits and meetings between FIFA, the OC and representatives of the German Football Association with regards to the German team's 2010 preparations, especially regarding the team's security arrangements."

"It was also recently mutually decided that the German team will use the Super Stadium as their official team base camp training site. The Laudium Stadium, which the German team had initially identified, will be used as a venue specific training site."

The build-up to the World Cup, which is now less than 50 days away from the June 11 kick-off, has been marred by negative publicity.

In February there were questions raised over the readiness of England's Rustenburg base camp and the state of pitches at some of the venues, but these issues have now been resolved.

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