Fifa mu­seum to re­main open despite new cuts

New Straits Times - - Sport -

ZURICH: Fifa’s World Foot­ball Mu­seum in Zurich, a land­mark project of dis­graced for­mer pres­i­dent Sepp Blat­ter, is not un­der threat of clo­sure despite a new round of re­dun­dan­cies ac­cord­ing to its di­rec­tor.

A to­tal of 36 jobs will be cut at the mu­seum by June in the lat­est round of re­dun­dan­cies at the Zurich mu­seum which only opened in Fe­bru­ary last year, but Marc Caprez in­sisted world foot­ball’s gov­ern­ing body would find a way of mak­ing it “sus­tain­able.”

“No, the mu­seum is not strug­gling just to sur­vive,” he said just as sev­eral sources have claimed that Fifa had al­ready taken the de­ci­sion to cut their losses and close the mu­seum.

Cur­rent pres­i­dent Gianni In­fantino in­au­gu­rated the mu­seum shortly af­ter be­ing elected to suc­ceed the dis­graced Blat­ter, who was sus­pended from foot­ball for six years over a two mil­lion Swiss franc (RM9 mil­lion) pay­ment to then UEFA boss Michel Pla­tini.

Fifa in­vested 140 mil­lion Swiss francs in the mu­seum, which is spread over three floors and 3000 m2.

Since open­ing it has at­tracted an av­er­age of 11,000 vis­i­tors a month, barely half the tar­get of 250,000 vis­i­tors per year.

The 36 jobs to be axed will come from the cater­ing ser­vice, which mu­seum man­age­ment now in­tend to re­struc­ture and out­source.

Caprez added: “Fifa set up a task force at the end of 2016 in or­der to fully re­view op­er­a­tions at the mu­seum and con­sider a new model aimed at en­sur­ing fi­nan­cial sta­bil­ity and trans­form­ing the Fifa World Foot­ball Mu­seum into a sus­tain­able in­vest­ment to the sat­is­fac­tion of all stake­hold­ers.

“The task force is still work­ing and will com­mu­ni­cate as soon as the re­sults are clear.” AFP

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