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FA plays down Rio hotel fears

The Football Association has calmed fears about out-of-date food being seized from their World Cup hotel in Rio de Janeiro.

Butter, salmon and parma ham was recently taken from the Royal Tulip Hotel by health inspectors Procon.

The consumer protection authority stated: "In Sao Conrado, at the Hotel Royal Tulip, where the England team will be based, 2.362kg of unusable butter, Parma ham and salmon was seized."

But the FA said there were no concerns about the standard of food England's players will consume and assured meals will be prepared by a chef travelling with their party.

A spokesman said: "The England chef has visited the Royal Tulip hotel several times and is happy with the cleanliness of the facilities. He will also closely supervise all the players' food intake."

Similar trouble was reported from Italy's World Cup base, the Hotel Portobello, where 25kg of pasta, shrimp, salmon and butter was unfit for consumption and 24kg of food was being used without a specified expiry date.

Their team doctor Enrico Castellacci said: "Obviously, we are not pleased about this news, we're not happy that it's happened exactly at the place we are going to.

"In any case, we have extremely well-prepared staff who control everything and we will bring nearly everything with us from Italy.

"It hasn't created a problem for us but of, course, it's not pleasing."