Talks on Fifa bid continue

Talks are continuing that could yet see Dunedin secure a slice of the 2015 Fifa Under-20 World Cup.

Dunedin city councillors debated the bid again during a marathon three-hour session held behind closed doors at the end of the public part of the full council meeting yesterday.

The ODT understands there were signs of progress at the meeting that could yet result in a deal for some games to be played in the city.

Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull said when contacted he could not comment yet, but ''suffice to say discussions might still be going on''.

Football South chairman Dougal McGowan could not be contacted yesterday, but general manager Bill Chisholm expected efforts to secure tournament matches would still require some form of support from the council.

It was confirmed last month the council had abandoned its official bid, amid concerns the cost of hosting matches would outweigh any economic benefits arising from the tournament.

However, Fifa officials were still considering whether to stage matches at the city's stadium, which had been offered for use at ''no or minimal cost'' to the council, Mr Cull said at the time.

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