Soccerex has cancelled its Soccerex Global Convention in Brazil. Soccerex stated that “the Rio de Janeiro State Secretary of Sport took the political decision to withdraw their support from the Soccerex Global Convention”. There has been consistent pressure from unions, including demonstrations, to cut back on spending on the World Cup in favour of other public investments.
Soccerex said that cancellation was a shock but that it doesn’t affect other forthcoming events: the Soccerex Global Convention is contracted in Manchester for the next four years beginning in September 2014. The Soccerex African Forum will take place in Durban in November and two other Soccerex events, one in Russia, and one in the Americas are soon to be announced. Soccerex CEO Duncan Revie said:
On behalf of all at Soccerex, I would like to apologise to every business, football club, league, federation and media organisation affected by this news. This unique and cruel conclusion to our time in Rio was completely out of our hands and everyone who has attended a Soccerex event over the last 18 years will know this is not how we do business. We must look forward now to 2014, to our new event calendar and the Global Convention in Manchester.
Andrew Stokes, CEO of Marketing Manchester, hosts of the Soccerex Global Convention 2014 -17 commented:
I am sorry to hear about the unfortunate circumstances surrounding the cancellation of the Soccerex Global convention in Rio. Manchester is looking forward to becoming the home of Soccerex for the next four years and I am certain that together we will build on the illustrious past that both the event and the city has enjoyed.